Lauren Warnecke


Recruitment Coordinator, Adjunct Instructor

In addition to her work at IWU, Lauren Warnecke is a freelance culture reporter appearing regularly in the Chicago Tribune and on WGLT Radio. She reviews dance for the Tribune and previously wrote for See Chicago Dance, serving as editor from 2018-2021. During that time, Lauren co-facilitated dance writing intensives with the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience in Durban, South Africa. She has been a resident writer at JOMBA!, the Bates Dance Festival and the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron.

With nearly two decades of administrative experience, Lauren has managed community outreach and arts education programs, overseen grant writing and communications for small arts organizations, curated and produced live events and led archival and research projects. She lives in Normal and enjoys cooking, cycling and attempting to grow things in her backyard.


M.S. University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. Columbia College Chicago

Additional Training

Grade III Teachers Certificate, Cecchetti Council of America; Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine; Certificates in Aquatic Fitness, Functional Training and Olympic Weightlifting

Awards and Select Grants
  • New Alum Award, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (2014).
  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago (2012).
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