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John Michael Schert

Chicago Booth / Treefort
Artist, Producer and Social Entrepreneur
Boise, Idaho

John Michael is an artist, producer and social entrepreneur who believes fervently in the utility of the creative process. Making his home in Boise, Idaho, but working in cities across the U.S., he champions the role of creatives and creative endeavors in a multitude of ways.

Originally from South Georgia, Schert began his career as a dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet after attending high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 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. In 2013, he was appointed the first Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and became an Executive Producer of Treefort Music Fest and Co-Founder of Hackfort.

Through his current work at Chicago Booth, and as an Associate Fellow with the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, John Michael researches how the skills and attributes of creatives can be of relevance and value to other sectors. He believes people in an array of fields can learn how artists engage in the creative process and then deploy that knowledge, channeling creativity into a marketable asset that also can contain high community value.

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