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Born in Wichita, Kansas, Trey McIntyre studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts for two years and, in 1987, cane to the Houston Ballet Academy. In the spring of 1989, McIntyre was named Choreographic Apprentice to Houston Ballet, a position created especially for him by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Ben Stevenson. He joined Houston Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 1990. McIntyre created his first work for the company, Skeleton Clock (1990) at the age of 20. He has since created five other works for Houston Ballet: Curupira (1993), Touched (1994), Second Before the Ground (1996) (which was later performed by the company at the Kennedy Center and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre), Bound (2000), and a full-length Peter Pan (2002). His work for the company has received kudos from audiences and critics alike.
In 1995, he was named Choreographic Associate for Houston Ballet. In 1994, McIntyre was the youngest choreographer selected internationally to participate in New York City Ballet’s prestigious “Diamond Project,” designed to foster the creation of new dance works. In May of that year, he traveled to New York City for the world premiere of his ballet Steel and Rain. Other companies he has created works for are Stuttgart Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet de Santiago (Chile), Ballet Florida, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Pacfica, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Oakland Ballet, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet and Corpus Christi Ballet.
McIntyre has created four works for Oregon Ballet Theatre, where he served as resident choreographer for the 1998-1999 season. McIntyre has also received many grants and awards, including two choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Choo-San-Goh Award for Choreography.