The Company

  1. About
  2. Members
  3. Board of Directors
  4. Booking Info
Lucky Plush Productions is a Chicago-based ensemble dance theater company led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. We are committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence -- a palpable liveness -- shared by performers in real-time with our audiences. We are equally dedicated to creating work that is richly and uncompromisingly complex while also being accessible to broad audiences. Our work is often recognized for its playful interactions, surprising humor and incisive commentary on contemporary culture. The Chicago Tribune referred to Lucky Plush's work as "A terrific odyssey, full of amusing, varied and tireless dancing by a troupe of dancers who ably double as comics."

Since founding in 1999, Lucky Plush has premiered over 30 original works including performance installations, 2 dance films, and 10 evening-length productions. Recent and upcoming presentations of the company's work include Spoleto Festival/USA (SC), Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (MA), DANCECleveland (OH), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (IL), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), NPN Conference/Painted Bride (PA), Jacob's Pillow (MA), Hancher Auditorium (IA), Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago (IL), Steppenwolf Garage (IL), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Grace Street Theater (VA), Spring to Dance (MO), Cusp Conference (IL), College of St. Benedict & St. John's University (MN), the Chicago Humanities Festival, and an international exchange with the Dance and Physical Theatre Trust of New Zealand, among others. Lucky Plush has also collaborated with Lookingglass Theater, Redmoon Theater, Walkabout Theater, and the interdisciplinary collective M5.

Lucky Plush has been supported by a National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant, an NDP Production Residency for Dance award, a National Performance Network Creation Fund award, a Metlife New Stages in Dance award, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum lab artist grant, a fellowship from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, a CliffDwellers choreography award, two Illinois Arts Council fellowships in choreography, and the company has received commissioning support Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The company has been recognized by Chicago Public Radio's "Best of 2011" (for The Better Half); The Chicago Reader's "Best of Chicago 2010"; Time Out Chicago's "The Decade's 10 Best Original Dance Works" (for Endplay); The Chicago Tribune's "Best of Dance 2008"; Chicago Sun Times' "Lasting memories in Dance" for 2005 and 2007, and a Time Out Chicago feature cover story "5 reasons to love dance in Chicago".

Lucky Plush is represented by Elsie Management. For booking information:
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