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), 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.
Volunteer Cultivation Lab Fellow
Patrick oversees LPP’s newest sustainability initiative, Volunteer Cultivation Lab (VCL). As VCL Fellow, he recruits, manages, and stewards a body of professional and student volunteers interested in donating their time and talents to Lucky Plush. Patrick is a dance artist from Boston, Massachusetts and received a BFA in Dancemaking and Performance from Columbia College Chicago. He has danced for artists such as Brian Feigenbaum, Emma Draves, Jane Jerardi, Anna Normann, and Pranita Jain, and performed in original works by Thomas DeFrantz, Carrie Hanson, and Vershaun Sanders-Ward. Patrick is also a visual artist primarily working in digital art and multimedia collage with an emerging interest in filmmaking, primarily dance for camera.
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.