Michael (aka Bunny Patootie) writes original music for Lucky Plush Productions. Originally from rural Southwestern Michigan, Michael has performed with artists as diverse as Chuck Mangione, Koko Taylor, Toni Tenille, Danilo Perez, Marvin Hamlisch, Howard Levy, John Sinclair, Grazyna Auguscik, Patricia Barber, Oh My God, Goran Ivanovic, (Grammy nominated) Heritage Blues Orchestra, Striding Lion Theatre Company, Davy Knowles, Laith Al-Saadi, Leslie Hunt and Ron Perillo. As a member of Eastern Blok, a pan-cultural Chicago-based ensemble, Michael has presented concerts and masterclasses at Princeton, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and University of Michigan among others. A DownBeat jazz magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Award recipient, Michael has performed for audiences all over the world. He has also provided original music and sound design for Chicago dance companies like Hedwig Dances, Zephyr Dance, Same Planet Different World, Peter Carpenter, Onye Ozuzu and members of Mad Shak in addition to co-composing music for the independent feature length film, "The Other One." Michael is the Music Services Coordinator at the Dance Department of Columbia College where he also teaches "Music and Rhythm for Dancers."
Bradford is a sound designer and engineer from Grayslake, Illinois. Chicago sound design credits include Pocatello (Griffin Theatre Company) Cymbeline (The Waking Theatre), Your Problem with Men (Teatro Luna), Seven Doors (Premiere Theatre), and Arrangements (Pavement Group). He has worked as a sound engineer for American Players Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Theatreworks, Utah Shakespearean Festival, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts where he helped create A History (Bebe Miller Company), Stardust (David Rousseve/REALITY), and WOLF (Deke Weaver). Bradford holds an MFA in Sound Design and Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Leslie Buxbaum Danzig
Leslie is a collaborating director with Julia Rhoads/Lucky Plush Productions, where she co-created The Better Half and The Queue and is currently working on Rooming House. For over a decade, Leslie was co-founder and resident director of the Chicago-based physical theater company 500 Clown, whose shows (Macbeth, Frankenstein, Christmas and Elephant Deal) performed in Chicago at venues including Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Lookingglass Theatre, and toured throughout the US. Other directing credits include Third Coast Percussion’s Paddle to the Sea and Wild Sound, composed by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, with performances at MCA Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), National Forum of Music (Wroclaw), and De Doelen (Rotterdam); Quest at The Actors Gymnasium; Damon Kiely's The Revel with the House Theatre; Redmoon's The Elephant and the Whale with Chicago Children's Theater (with Frank Maugeri); Redmoon’s Hunchback at New Victory Theater (NYC); and Float with About Face Theater. Prior to turning to directing, Leslie toured nationally and internationally as an actor with NYC’s Elevator Repair Service. Leslie is Assistant Professor of Practice in Theater and Performance Studies, University of Chicago. She received her BA from Brown University and PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and trained in physical theater at Écoles Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier.
Jeff designs and constructs movement and costumes, examines their overlap, and potential for mutual influence. Since 1990, throughout his years dancing for River North, Hubbard Street, Same Planet Different World and many others, his dance and design life collided, supported and informed each other. The study of humans, movement, and curiosity about the semiotics of clothing has fueled a long history of aesthetic exploration ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, minimalism to excess. Recent design projects: Chicago Dance Crashes Bricklayers of Oz, Khecari The Retreat, Wini Haun – trashed, Page Cunningham – On the Verge, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project- Jimmie Blues, Walkabout Theater, the cure, Curmudgeon Productions-Fantasmagorie, Lucky Plush- Super Strip, Parsons Dance Co.-Train.
Recent choreography: Rid of Them, a collaboration with Molly Shanahan/MadShak, ellipsis- NU Danceworks, Love With/Out Trembling with Molly Shanahan/MadShak, NU Danceworks 17- smear, NU Louis Theatre- The Great Gatsby, Impolite Society at The Kennedy Center .He is currently and MFA candidate at Hollins University 2018.
Liviu (Projection Design) has a Chicago-based practice creating visual experiences using new media and technology. He works as a video
designer, cinematographer, editor and animator, and has produced, directed and performed for live events. His past work includes inSite, Luminous Field (Luftwerk); Until (Nick Cave); Rockcitizen, Power Goes (The Seldoms); The Dolls (Claudia Hart); The Elephant and The Whale (Chicago Children's Theater/ Redmoon); Spark (Adventure Stage); Mementos Mori (Manual Cinema), Where Did We Sit on the Bus, La Havana Madrid (Teatro Vista); Piedmont Blues, Douglass(American Vicarious); among many others. He holds MFA degree in Art and Technology from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and is advancing an academic approach to Video for Performance as faculty at DePaul University. visit liviu.stoptime.live
Originally from Scotland, Alexander is making his Lucky Plush debut after moving to the USA in 2013. Recent design credits include: Deathtrap with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (Aug 2017); Ragtime with Griffin Theatre, Chicago (May 2017); James and the Giant Peach at Drury Lane, Oakbrook (May 2017); Miranda at Indiana Repertory Theatre (April 2017); The Wiz with Kokandy Productions (March 2017); Urinetown at Northwestern University (Feb 2017); Winterset with Griffin Theatre (Nov 2016). During Spring, Alexander was the Lighting Assistant at Fort Worth Opera’s 2017 season in Texas working on FWO’s Carmen, and Houston Grand Opera’s transfer production of Cruzar La Cara De La Luna. Alexander is Adjunct Lecturer of Lighting Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an assistant with Marcus Doshi Design, and was nominated in the 2017 Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his work on Griffin Theatre’s Winterset. He has an MFA from Northwestern University, and a BA from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. For more information on where to see upcoming design work or preview work visit: www.alexanderridgers.com
Ariela is a Chicago-based stage manager and recent University of Chicago graduate. In addition to working on over 10 productions on campus, she has worked professionally throughout the country, most recently as the stage management intern on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Off the Rails. Other professional credits include First Floor Theater's Kafkapalooza (SM Intern), Animals Commit Suicide (ASM), The Awake (ASM), and Fitzfest (SM), Baltimore Center Stage's Twisted Melodies (PA), Victory Gardens' Queen (PA), Lookingglass Theater Company's Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth (PA), and stage management internships at American Theater Company, Court Theatre, and Chicago Children's Theatre. She is thrilled to work with with Lucky Plush Productions on Rooming House.
Joshua Paul Weckesser
Joshua is a lighting designer, production manager and stage manager. He is co-founder of Bread & Roses Productions (http://www.breadandroses.productions/), dedicated to providing production support to art-based originations. He works closely with LEVELdance as resident lighting designer, as well as Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak Dance Company as a lighting designer and core collaborator, and Lighting Designer for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. In addition, he is Production Manager for the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago. TimeOut Chicago said that Josh’s “name seemed to pop up in every program.” Career highlights include lighting the first ever evening-length production of American Tap at the Kennedy Center, working with Karole Armitage in the Netherlands, and touring internationally with the Argentinian group Che Malambo.