John Michael Schert

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John Michael Schert

John Michael Schert - Dancer, Entrepreneur, and Thought Leader

About John Michael Schert

John Michael Schert, an artist and producer as well as a social thought leader, was an associate fellow at the New York University Center for Ballet and the Arts. There, he conducted in-depth research into dancers' abilities to communicate without words. John Michael Schert also lectures on these topics as the inaugural visiting artist and social entrepreneur at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

From 2004 through 2013, Mr. Schert led as executive director, co-founder and a dancer of Trey McIntyre Project. As a leader of this innovative dance company dedicated to community collaboration and the fostering of intercultural discussion, he led it to prominence as one of The Chronicle of Philanthropy's 5 Nonprofit Innovators to Watch. During his tenure, The New York Times and PBS NewsHour also ran profile pieces on the company.

Mr. Schert co-founded Trey McIntyre Project following extensive experience in dance. A 2000 graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and an alumnus of American Ballet Theatre, he is also a former dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. Today, he continues to encourage collaboration between dancers, academics, business professionals, and civic government.

Work History

Work History
Oct 2013 - Present

Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur

University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Sep 2013 - Present

Executive Producer

Treefort Music Fest
May 2004 - May 2013

Co-Founder, Executive Director and Dancer

Trey McIntyre Project


Sep 1996 - May 2000

High School Degree

University of North Carolina School of the Arts