Dec 24, 2015
John Michael Schert is a ballet dancer who studies and teaches the creative process.
John Michael is a classically trained ballet dancer and performed the American Ballet Theater, which is one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world. He moved on to become a founding member at Cedar Lake, and for 4 years performed with Alonzo King LINES ballet.
In 2004 John Michael co-founded the Trey McIntiry Project and served as the company’s executive director and dancer for 9 years. In that time he built a nationally recognized and sustainable arts organization, which toured in Vietnam, China, the Philippines, South Korea, around the US, and which was recognized by publications like the New York Times and PBS. But what is to me even more impressive is the impact that Trey Mcintire Project (TMP) had on local communities, especially in their hometown of Boise, Idaho. The company paved the way for the impact an artistic endeavor can make within a community.
Since the fall of 2013 John Michael has stepped away from his performance career and become a visiting artist and social entrepreneur at the Chicago Booth School of Business where he mentors students and works with faculty to examine the creative process. Lately he has been speaking from stages and consulting around the world on the underutilization of artists and the creative process within business.