About Art Intercepts

Covering midwestern performing arts since 2009…

Our goal is to educate and illuminate audiences, sparking curiosity for midwestern artists and the rich performing arts communities living and working in “flyover country.”

Redefining Arts Criticism

Our writers are at the forefront of the evolving nature of arts criticism and revitalizing and transforming critical discourse in the arts.

Rigorous Play and Rhetorical Experimentation

It is our goal to be open to new approaches in arts journalism while maintaining ethical standards of practice.


Lauren Warnecke (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Founder and editor Lauren Warnecke is a freelance arts and culture writer, educator and administrator. She has reviewed dance for the Chicago Tribune and has bylines in Chicago Magazine, Dance Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and WGLT Radio, among others. As senior editor of See Chicago Dance, Lauren oversees their digital publication and contributes reviews and columns. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience.

Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren has presented research on dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She teaches coursework in dance history and technique, exercise physiology and kinesiology for dancers. Her academic writing is published in Agenda (2020), with forthcoming writing scheduled for University of Akron Press and University of Illinois Press.

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