Innovation Fellow

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Director, Dance Generators
Using collaborative dance making and sharing as a vehicle for social change
“Dance is a vehicle for better understanding each other and advocating for a more just world. We shatter stereotypes about aging and inspire radical and meaningful reflections about what it means to be alive.”

Liv Schaffer is a dance artist and educator with a focus on intergenerational practice and community engagement. She holds a degree from Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California and has performed with AXIS Dance Company, DanceWorks Chicago, Robert Moses’ Kin, and the Dance Exchange. Liv is a Community Engagement Artist with Jacob’s Pillow, where she designs and implements arts integrative programming in schools and healthcare settings.

On faculty at the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts & Social Justice department, Liv directs the Dance Generators, an intergenerational dance company. In her role as Intergenerational Programs Director with EngAGE, a social services non profit, she catalyzes programming that connects generations within affordable family and senior housing communities across California. Liv’s choreography has been presented by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, ODC Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival/RAWDance SF, The Big Muddy Dance Company, and Western Michigan University. Liv is a 2021 CoGenerate Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors for San Francisco Village.