Tyler Schnese is from Appleton, WI where he studied with Jeanette Makaroff before receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase. Tyler was a soloist with the Hessisches Staatsballet in Wiesbaden/Darmstadt and later, Gibney Dance Company in New York City. He has performed works by Alexander Ekman, Crystal Pite, George Balanchine, Nicolo Fonte, Bill T. Jones, Richard Siegal and Marcos Morau (La Veronal) among others. He received a nomination for the German Stage Prize (Der Faust) in 2016 for his interpretation of the title role in Tim Plegge’s Kaspar Hauser. In addition to teaching at various institutions in the US and abroad, Tyler continues to work with Gibney as a Lead Actionist facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma. As a choreographer, movement director, and dancer he has worked on short films and music videos for Steve Aoki, Sting, Damani Pompey, Naima Ramos-Chapman, and Emma Sophia Caymares. Tyler is currently a Ballet MFA candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Utah, pursuing a certificate in Gender Studies.