Who is Trey McIntyre?

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Trey studied dance and musical theater as a child. Initially a reluctant ballet student, he found that creating dance steps and phrases came easily—so much so that a savvy teacher got him back in the studio by asking him to teach his own choreography to the class. At 15, Trey left Kansas to attend North Carolina School of the Arts and, at 17, moved on to Houston Ballet Academy. There, he created a short work in a summer choreographic workshop with other students. Immediately recognizing his potential, Ben Stevenson, then Houston Ballet’s artistic director, created the position of choreographic apprentice just for Trey. He joined Houston Ballet as a dancer, continued to create works in Texas and, in 1994, created a new work for New York City Ballet as a part of its Diamond Project. The following year he became choreographic associate at Houston Ballet. 

Trey McIntyre rehearses Presentce with Sarah Van Patten and Luke Ingham // © Erik Tomasson

Trey blends the precision and clarity of his classical training with a high-energy athleticism and emotional intensity that has made his work wildly popular worldwide. His work has been performed by American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Queensland Ballet, and BalletX, among many others. Over the past 25 years, he has choreographed more than 100 works and has been resident choreographer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis, and Washington Ballet. Trey has received a Choo San Goh Award for Choreography and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters.

After a few summers touring a small pick-up company, he founded Trey McIntyre Project in 2005 and chose to base his new company in Boise, Idaho. It was an unconventional but brilliant choice—the city thoroughly embraced and supported the dance company, which earned critical acclaim both in Boise and on tour worldwide. Trey McIntyre Project has been held up as a new model of dance company, intertwined in countless ways with its community and also highly visible worldwide through touring and workshops. In 2014, Trey disbanded the company, ready to focus on photography and video projects as well as choreography. He continues to choreograph and teach dance and is working on two books of photography as well as a documentary entitled Gravity Hero. Trey’s work for San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Night Gala is his first for this Company.