2019 Engage Artist Lab Recipients

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Mary Willmeng

Mary Willmeng is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based out of Minneapolis. Her choreography has been performed at Links Hall (Chicago), The UIC Theater (Chicago), Stage 773 (Chicago), The Colorado Conservatory of Dance (Broomfield, CO), and the Dairy Center for the Arts (Boulder, CO). Last year, her duet Walk With Me was chosen as a commissioned piece by Simantikos Dance Chicago. Willmeng uses a lush, expansive movement style to explore relationships and the human experience.

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Jenny Barreca

Jenny Barreca graduated magna cum laude from Grand Valley State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in dance and minor in general business. During her time at Grand Valley, she had the privilege of performing in guest artist works by Richard Bowman, Autumn Eckman, Mark Haim, and Simon Thomas-Train. Her work “comPULSE” was selected by faculty to perform in the GVSU Spring Dance Concert in 2018. Since graduation, her solo piece “‘flawed…’” was chosen to perform in Joel Hall Dancers and Center’s 2018 “Dances in the Hall” choreography showcase. Jenny currently teaches at several dance studios and park district dance programs throughout northern Illinois, and she has recently been selected to choreograph as a guest artist at Carthage College.


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Hope Rogers

Hope Rogers is a musician born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and a current student at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts. She has performed with a variety of ensembles, previously as a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and currently in jazz, orchestra, and flute choir ensembles at Mount Holyoke. Hope’s interdisciplinary experiences with theater, creative writing, and other art forms inform her musical work. As she continues to explore her musical voice, she is especially interested in the relationships between music and the environment.

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Lizzy Cohen

Lizzy Cohen is a visual artist living in Chicago, Illinois. Primarily working with watercolor and acrylic paints in abstract form, Cohen uses creativity by visually organizing inner thoughts and emotions to evoke peace and healing. This is Cohen’s first collaboration with Trifecta Dance Collective and hopes to continue working with Chicago artists in all forms.


Stay tuned for more information about our 2020 Artist Lab!