Creative Process Intensive with Jennine Willett of Third Rail Projects

Mar 6, 2023, 10:30 am2:00 pm EST

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March 6 – 10, 2023
10:30 am-2:00 pm daily
Gibney 280 Broadway (Studio U)

This 5-day intensive, led by Jennine Willett, offers the experience of a collaborative creative process in an easeful setting– where the focus is learning through practice and enjoying every minute of it. The course begins with exploring a broad topic using Jennine’s idea-mapping method. Then a deeper dive into the topic will guide the group to find concepts that become
the backbone for generating performance material.

Participants will work together as generators, directors, and performers– discovering how artists wear different hats in a process and fluidly shift from one role to another based on tasks. At the end of the week, they will stitch together the content created for an informal “sharing” with the community, practicing the skills of comfortably inviting an audience into a process and engaging in dialogue that cultivates interest and support. In a positive environment, Jennine’s courses offer a place for experimentation, discussion, and artistic connection, all essential aspects of her practice. Artists of all disciplines and levels are welcome.

If you are interested in this offering but cost of tuition is a barrier for you, Gibney and Third Rail Projects are offering limited scholarship opportunities to those in need. To be considered, please submit an application here: Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, February 12 at 11:59 pm EST, and recipients will be notified on Friday, February 17.


Jennine Willett is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. She is a founder and co-artistic director of Third Rail Projects, a New York-based company recognized for creating widely acclaimed site-specific, immersive, and experiential dance theater. Her well-known works include Then She Fell, the long-running hit named one of the Top Ten Shows of 2012 by the New York Times; The Grand Paradise, a 1970s tropical resort housed in a Brooklyn warehouse; Ghost Light, presented by Lincoln Center Theater in and around its Claire Tow Theater; and Learning Curve, a collaboration with Chicago’s acclaimed youth ensemble Albany Park Theater Project. Jennine was part of the creative team for the Emmy Award-winning virtual reality film Wolves in the Walls by Fable Studios. She has taught courses for numerous academic institutions and arts organizations, and her classes attract artists and professionals of all disciplines. Jennine has been honored with a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance for Then She Fell, a Chita Rivera Award for Best Choreography in an Off-Broadway Play for Ghost Light and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn

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Photo courtesy of the artist, featuring participants from the Creative Process Intensive of 2020.