Dance Guest Artists

Rena Butler

Rena Butler headshot

Photo by Lindsay Linton


Born in Chicago, Rena Butler is a choreographic/dance artist based in NYC. She trained at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance.

Companies she\'s danced for include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Abraham.In.Motion, David Dorfman Dance, Manuel Vignoulle/M-Motions and is currently an Artistic Associate for Gibney Company in NYC.

Her choreographic work includes BalletX, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Boston Dance Theater, The New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, CHTV Stories in Switzerland, a film for Third Coast Percussion in collaboration with Dev Hynes/Blood Orange, The Ailey/Fordham School, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, and more. Butler served on the consortium for Chicago Dancemakers Forum and co-created/directed a free, choreographic course for Chicago teens. Rena is also the recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award for choreography.