A message from our artistic director

As Lucky Plush embarks on its 20th year with 30+ dance-theater works and numerous national awards under our belt, we are still expanding our reach and pushing our boundaries. From our premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last May to our 25-story video projection on Chicago's Merchandise Mart facade to our third season at the Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, I could not be more proud.But, we’re not done! We need the support of donors like you to propel us into our 20th season. Our work is simply not possible without it.Please consider a gift to support the upward trajectory of Lucky Plush. Your contribution will impact us in a powerful way. Together, we can do great things while celebrating the artists and innovative brand of dance-theater that are at the heart of our mission

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Income and expenses

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REVENUE for Fiscal Year 2019

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“Lucky Plush is shaking up our expectations as audience members, inviting us to lean in. Lucky Plush is a force in our arts community.”
–Maggie Vannucci
“Lucky Plush promotes diversity in ways of race, gender and sexuality.”
–Summer Griffin
“The ensemble models respect for each other and their personalities shine through.”
–Carmen Kingsley
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Lucky Plush Productions (LPP) is recognized as a leader for its entrepreneurial approach to arts management.


With the significant endorsement and financial support of Chicago’s lead funders through Arts Work Fund, Volunteer Cultivation Lab is Lucky Plush’s newest sustainability initiative. In activating a network of diverse student and high-level professional volunteers, VCL dramatically increases the organizational and creative output of LPP without a corresponding surge in expense. VCL simultaneously enriches the Chicago arts sector by boosting community engagement with the arts.

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Creative Partners is a collaborative effort to provide professional fundraising for Chicago nonprofit arts organizations. Launched in 2013, Creative Partners currently serves Lucky Plush and Joel Hall Dancers & Center, allowing each company to prioritize the artists whose projects drive their growth and generate the resources needed to make more and better work.


John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Grover Hermann Foundation

MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development

Alphawood Foundation

Martha Struthers Farley & Donald C. Farley Jr. Family Foundation

3Arts, Inc.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

University of Chicago Theater and Performance Studies

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

National Endowment for the Arts

National Performance Network

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Illinois Arts Council Agency

The Peter G. & Elizabeth Torosian Foundation

Martha Struthers Farley & Donald C. Farley Jr. Family Foundation

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation 

Metlife Foundation

GCM Grosvenor




Service Club of Chicago

Mayer & Morris Kaplan Foundation

Cliff Dwellers Foundation

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