KIM works in tandem with Artistic Director Julia Rhoads to carry out the mission of Lucky Plush. Kim handles general office administration, scheduling, assists in budget creation and bookkeeping. She manages touring, residencies, rehearsals and performances, and supports the booking manager. Kim is the Project Director for Creative Partners (a shared development staff for three Chicago nonprofits: Blair Thomas & Co., Eighth Blackbird and Lucky Plush), she partners with the board of directors, interns, and volunteers to plan fundraising events, and assists in grant proposals. Kim oversees marketing and social media content, designs marketing materials and merchandise, and managed the creation of our latest website. Before her role as Managing Director, Kim was a Lucky Plush collaborating ensemble member for five years at which time she performed in eight works at venues like the the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Jacob’s Pillow, Hancher Auditorium, Dance Center of Columbia College, Steppenwolf Garage, Spring to Dance (St. Louis), and Links Hall. Her professional dance career also includes performances at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Joyce SoHo, and St. Marks Church. Kim has been a part time faculty member of The Dance Center of Columbia College and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. She received an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a BFA in Dance and a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana.
Grants Manager & Finance Manager
LAURA manages the financial framework of Lucky Plush, overseeing accounting processes and grant opportunities. Her passion for volunteerism has led her to extensive professional development in the nonprofit sector and she serves on a number of other local nonprofit boards. Before her role with Lucky Plush, she was CFO of 2 small businesses and a wealth advisor. She received her degree from Columbia College and is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor and CFP® professional.
Interim Director of Development, Creative Partners
DEIRDRE joined Creative Partners in March 2017. Most recently Deirdre served as the Director of Development and Communications for Rush Hour Concerts/Make Music Chicago through its merger with the International Music Foundation. Prior to that, she was the Music Institute of Chicago’s first Director of Community Engagement where she helped bring back First Night Evanston. Previous non-profit administration experience includes helping launch Global Citizenship Experience Lab School and work as Director of Admission and Financial Aid for Baker Demonstration School and The Catherine Cook School. Deirdre’s BA is from Yale; she was the only American in her three year cohort at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A dual citizen with EIRE, she worked in the UK, EU and US for many years as an actress and director. In her spare time, Deirdre performs all over Chicagoland with her literacy chamber band, The Lucky Trikes, has been developing Christopher Preissing’s epic Thunder, Perfect Mind as an associate artist of NON:op Open Opera Works, and serves on the board of new music ensemble MOCREP.
Development Associate, Creative Partners
MEGGIE joined Creative Partners in October 2016. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Meggie moved to Chicago in May 2016 to work for Ravinia Festival for their summer season in the Development department. She recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in English – Creative Writing. Meggie served on multiple committees for her sorority, and was an active member in the National Society for Leadership and Success.