Atelier Guest Artists
Jennine Willett is a Bessie-Award winning choreographer, director, performer, writer, and educator. She is one of the Co-Artistic Directors, along with Tom Pearson and Zach Morris, of Third Rail Projects, a critically acclaimed dance theater company based in Brooklyn. Her work takes many forms including site-specific performances that reframe and transform public spaces, staged dance works, and large-scale immersive experiences—where the edges between performer and audience are blurred and the narrative is experienced from inside of the story itself.
In her work, Jennine looks for ways to transport audiences to another time and place and to connect through relatable life experiences, from the poignant to the pathetic, the wry to the downright silly. Some of her co-creations include the long-running immersive show Then She Fell, voted one of the top ten shows of 2012 by the New York Times, and Roadside Attraction, a traveling time-capsule, created with a vintage 70s era pop-up camper and six performers, that has pulled into public spaces and offered free performances for the past two summers.
Currently, Jennine is working on Third Rail’s next immersive production, slated to open in Brooklyn in October of 2015. She is also collaborating with the widely acclaimed Albany Park Theater Project, a Chicago-based youth ensemble, to create Learning Curve, a full-scale immersive journey into public education premiering in the summer of 2016.
At the helm of Third Rail’s education program, Jennine teaches a wide array of workshops that share the methods and skills that come into play when creating and performing in site-specific, immersive, and experiential works. She also teaches choreography and composition classes that explore movement-based storytelling. Her courses attract artists of all mediums and she creates “think tank” environments that encourage experimentation and collaboration, both of which are an integral part of Third Rail’s work. Jennine holds an MFA from Florida State University in Performance and
Third Rail Projects
Explore TRP’s public works in this reel of recent performances …