Silas Riener graduated from Princeton in 2006 (Comparative Literature, Creative Writing and Dance, with a focus on linguistics). A member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (2007-2011), he received a 2012 Bessie Award for his solo performance in Cunningham's Split Sides. He obtain an MFA at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. His work has been seen at EMPAC, Architecture OMI, CATCH, LMCC's River to River Festival, Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, BFI Gallery, Miami, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Museo Jumex, Mexico City. He was named 2014 New York City Center Choreographic Fellow and a Mellon Artist-in-Residence, The Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College.