DeMar Walker is the Artistic Director of Ko-Thi Dance Company. DeMar served as an Associate Lecturer of African Diasporic dance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee – Peck School of the Arts/Department of Dance. He is contributor to the 2020 publication entitled Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest. In Fall 2021, he directed and released his first dance short film The Beckoning which has received several accolades including the 2021 Mozaik Philanthropy Future Art Award, as well as Best Film and Best Director at the VOICES HEARD segment at the 2021 Milwaukee International Short Film Festival. Currently, DeMar is also a first-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in English at Marquette University with a research focus in Black performing arts history within the Midwestern United States.