Pioneer Winter is a Miami-native choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker of the Pioneer Winter Collective. He is co-director of RIFT Blackbox and the curator of transmedia performances for FilmGate Interactive. Winter also directs Project LEAP (Living Equality through Arts and Performance), a free dance and creative communication program for LGBTQ teens that focuses on exploring how the arts may be used for social change and activism. As a young artist, he uses social and cultural narratives to anchor his work. A Horatio Alger Scholar, he is an alumnus of the Florida International University Honors College, and holds a Masters in Public Health . Pioneer Winter is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak as the first artist to be named a Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholar. In addition to presenting work throughout the Eastern United States, he has held residences at Miami Dade College, Miami Theater Center, Nova Southeastern University, Jacksonville University, and Broward College. Winter is on the vision committee for the building of the Pembroke Pines Performing Arts and Civic Center, as well as serving as a grants panelist for Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Community Grants. His company’s newest site-specific initiative ‘Grass Stains’ has received support from the John and James L. Knight Foundation. He was awarded the 2014-2015 Miami Choreographic Fellowship, and is fellow and faculty member in the FIU Honors College Department.