Liz Lerman Dance Exchange was founded in 1976. Its unique brand of dance/theatre breaks boundaries between stage and audience, theater and community, movement and language, tradition and the unexplored. Working with senior adults, teens, children and other specific populations, the Dance Exchange has pioneered numerous workshop techniques for inspiring story, movement, and creative insight. Collaborative art-making unites participants, bringing diverse voices and viewpoints to the stage. In 2002, Liz Lerman was awarded the prestigious "genius" award from the MacArthur Foundation. Current choreographic projects explore coal mining, the human genome, radical prayer, and alternatively defined families.