Jeremy McQueen is an award-winning choreographer, dedicated to story-telling rooted in experience and social engagement. His work aims to create spaces of comfort, solace, and connection through reflection—a sharing of observations of what is going on around him.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, McQueen is a graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University, B.F.A. in dance program. At the age of eight McQueen saw a production of The Phantom of the Opera and was immediately drawn to the arts. That same year he began studying music and theater. At the age of 11 he started his training in dance at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. McQueen has also trained as a scholarship recipient in the schools of American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet.
McQueen is a 2013 recipient of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago's Choreographers of Color Award [Winning Works], two-time finalist of the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence, and a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. His works have appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, SummerStage in Central Park, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to AIDS' Fire Island Dance Festival, and more. McQueen has been commissioned to create new works for; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, The Ailey School, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), Joffrey Academy of Dance (Chicago), Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Harvard Ballet Company, and more. As a commercial and theatrical choreographer, McQueen has choreographed Skylight Music Theatre's production on HAIR and Pete Miser's Honest Mistakes music video.
As a performer, McQueen appeared in the Broadway national tours of Wicked and The Color Purple in addition to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and Metropolitan Opera's productions of Die Fledermaus, Aida, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Don Giovanni.
McQueen is the founding artistic director and choreographer of The Black Iris Project (BIP). Founded in 2016, The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative and educational vehicle creating relevant classical works that celebrate diversity and Black history. Based in New York City, BIP hosts a team of predominantly artists of color capable of delivering cross-discipline and wholly original works. The collaborative aims to harness the Black community's inherent creative spirit to encourage and inspire youth of color to pursue art, movement, and music as an expressive outlet and a means for collective healing. In 2017 BIP was personally invited by American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, Misty Copeland to perform MADIBA, a new ballet tracing the journey of Nelson Mandela, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Ballet Across America festival. The Black Iris Project has been featured in The New York Times, New Yorker, Out Magazine, Elle, Village Voice, Pointe Dance Magazine, among other publications.
To learn more about McQueen and The Black Iris Project, visit www.blackirisproject.org