A Movement Artist Who Does So Much More
About Trevor C. Miles
Trevor C. Miles is a powerhouse movement artist, writer, music creator and performer hailing from and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Trevor has been a teaching artist and performer across the country, focusing his work on underrepresented youth and their narratives. As a solo artist, Trevor continues making it his mission to instigate thought as he tells honest stories through a queer POC lens. He describes his choreography as both aching and celebratory: primordial, staccatoed and delicate, a Modern-Gothic movement with Vogue influences. Trevor’s work discusses identity and escapism.
His mission began in 2007 with the serviced-focused enrichment program and dance project CHANCE (Creating Hope and Newfound Courage Everywhere). His uplift, performing arts drive with the K-12 students in Clairton City, and his efforts in raising money for charity through CHANCE earned him an NAACP Community Service Award in 2013.
In 2014, Trevor formed a hand-selected group of youth artists to tour his work: Trevor C. Dance Collective.
Over four years, he and his performing arts troupe completed five tours, enjoyed innovative festival performances, hosted community drop-in and specialty masterclasses, presented evening-length stage performances, and premiered the self-created documentary BRAVE, which followed the dance collective for eight months leading up to the XYLO world premiere.
Trevor earned a two-year artist residency via the Heinz Endowments and Focus on Renewal. This residency time allowed Trevor to tap into an entirely new pool of students, and to debut his masterful XYLO arc in 2018. He continued the story as a Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) Freshworks Artist in Residence with XYLO 2 later that year.
The next year, Trevor returned to KST as a solo artist, presenting WAI (Who am I), in the theater’s newMoves 2019 dance festival. This led to Trevor’s magnum opus, his first solo, evening length work, the harrowing XYLO 3. Trevor continued collaborating with others, appearing in performances in Minneapolis with Public Allies National, New Orleans with the National Performance Network, stops at San Francisco's Z Space, and even Washington DC’s legendary Kennedy Center.