Trey McIntyre Project co-founder Schert is moving on

May 8, 2013 

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John Michael Schert at his home in Boise's North End in 2011.

JOE JASZEWSKI — Idaho Statesman file Buy Photo

— After a nine-year run, Trey McIntyre Project Co-Founder John Michael Schert ended his tenure as founding executive director and board member on May 3, TMP announced Wednesday.

Schert, who represented TMP as its chief spokesperson, helped guide the dance company to worldwide recognition and helped put Boise's arts community on the map.

"Schert made extraordinary strides to weave Trey McIntyre Project and Trey’s artistic vision not only into Boise, but into the very fabric of dance in the United States," TMP said in a news release.

Just last summer, Schert spoke with the Statesman about the direction he and TMP were heading. That conversation happened shortly after a milestone for the company: It moved its new headquarters into the former Five Rivers on Warm Springs Avenue in East Boise. That move came on the heels of a monthlong tour of Asia representing the U.S. State Department as cultural ambassadors in five countries.

"I feel the company has reached a certain level of success - we really made something happen and reached the goals we set, " Schert told the Statesman in an article that appeared last August. "But it's like we're at the top of the roller coaster, and the ride keeps going. We're being offered bigger and bigger opportunities. So, where do we go from here? There are so many opportunities coming at us, we decided to curb that momentum or it will eat us alive. Things come in cycles, so this is a regrouping cycle."

Schert's departure is a result of that regrouping.

The split is amicable and has been in the works since January, as Schert has been drawn to more speaking engagements and nationally policy-focused arts issues through his work with Boise State University's "Gang," a group of innovative business and community leaders that includes Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney and Bronco football coach Chris Peterson.

TMP said Schert's final performance with the group will be during Friday's First Five event - celebrating TMP's fifth anniversary as a full-time company - at their headquarters, 2285 Warm Springs Ave. Tickets are available treymcintyre.com/firstfive.

Caty Solace, chief strategy officer, and Brian Aune, chief operating officer and general council, will be acting as the executive staff under the guidance of Artistic Director and President Trey McIntyre, TMP said.

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