Guest Artists

The School of Dance is committed to bringing distinguished guests to work with and inspire its students. To assist the School of Dance in fulfilling this commitment, patrons Betsy Brackett and Gregg Wadley established the Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair in 2005. Among those honored by this title are Frederic Franklin, Violette Verdy, Dudley Williams, Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin, Howard Sayette, Jack Anderson, Donald McKayle, Francia Russell, Carla Maxwell, Jock Soto, Raimondo Rebeck, and Trey McIntyre.

Other visiting artists include Bruce Wells, Earl Mosely, Brian Brooks, Kathleen Tracey, and artists from New York City Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Arizona, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Houston Ballet. These distinguished guests have greatly enhanced our programs and are proof of our commitment to our students’ development of a national and international perspective.

Carla Maxwell

Trey McIntyre

Trey McIntyre was born in Wichita, Kansas, and trained at North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet Academy. In 1989, he was appointed Choreographic Apprentice to Houston Ballet, a position created especially for him, and in 1995 he became the company’s Choreographic Associate. He has worked for more than 25 years as a freelance choreographer, producing more than 100 pieces during the span of his career so far. McIntyre is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, two personal grants for choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a United States Artists Fellow. His works have been performed by companies around the world including Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Queensland Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet, BalletX, The Washington Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.                                                                                                                                                                           In 2005, McIntyre founded his dance company, Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), based in Boise, Idaho. The company was a tremendous critical success and was lauded for its innovative business model. In 2014, the company transitioned towards new artistic ventures, reducing greatly its efforts in dance, focusing currently on the feature-length documentary, Gravity Hero. A renowned photographer, McIntyre’s photographs have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and Sunset Magazine and he was commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service to create a series of photographs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. He is currently working on two books of photography.