John Michael Schert is an artist, producer and social entrepreneur working in multiple sectors and translating across many platforms. Originally from South Georgia, Schert began his career as a ballet dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. In 2004 he co-founded Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), serving as the company’s Executive Director, and a dancer, for nine years. During this time he gained a unique insight into the process and product of art-making.
Fall 2014 John Michael served as an inaugural Associate Fellow at the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts and became an Executive Producer of Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID. In 2013, he was appointed the first Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Through his current work at Chicago Booth John Michael now studies, and lectures on, the utility of the creative process and how the skills and behaviours of creatives can be of relevance and value to other sectors.