KARA BRODY (Ensemble) is in her second season with Lucky Plush Productions, where she joined the touring company of Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip, and is an originating member of Rooming House. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wayne State University in 2016 with a BFA in Dance. As an undergraduate student, she performed works by Doug Varone, Dwight Rhoden, Trey McIntyre, Steffanie Batten Bland, and Ron de Jesus. In 2014, she was nationally recognized for her performance in Rhoden's Hissy Fits by ACDA/Dance Magazine. Kara recently performed in Brendan Fernandez's Art by Snapchat at the Museum of Contemporary Arts. She is currently in project with Khecari under the direction of Jonathan Meyer and Julia Antonick and is working with the Cambrians for their new project, Chicago Dances.
MICHEL RODRIGUEZ CINTRA joined Lucky Plush as a touring member of The Better Half, and is an originating ensemble member for The Queue, Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip, and Rooming House. Born in Havana, Michel is a former principal member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, and also danced with Hedwig Dances, and Concert Dance Inc., and as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. As a founding member and co-choreographer with The Cambrians, Michel was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch” in 2014. Choreography credits include works for Hedwig Dances, one of which was a finalist in the A.W.A.R.D Show 2010, Visceral Dance Chicago’s Solus and Dance in the Parks, among others. Michel was named one of “The Men of 2010” by Time Out Chicago, and is the recipient of the 2013 3Arts Award in Dance. In addition to being an ensemble member of Lucky Plush Productions. Michel is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago and has taught master classes nationally and internationally.
JEFF EWING is from Torrance, California where he began his classical ballet training at the age of six. He has trained at the Juilliard Summer intensive, the apprentice program at The Chautauqua Institution, and assisted Cathy Young at Bates Dance Festival. Jeff apprenticed for Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance for three seasons and as a member of the company for another two. At the Boston Conservatory he earned a BFA in Dance Performance, where he worked with Danny Pelzig, Cathy Young, Gianni DiMarco, Diane Arvanites, Doug Elkins, Adam Barruch, Omar Carrum and Claudia Lavista. He spent a year dancing with Charlotte Ballet’s second company where he performed the works of Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, and David Ingram.
ELIZABETH LUSE (Ensemble) is originally from Orlando, Fl and began dancing at The School of Performing Arts. She holds a B.S. in Ballet Performance from Indiana University where she studied with Leslie Peck, Violette Verdy, and Guoping Wang. Since moving to Chicago, Elizabeth has danced with Winifred Haun and Dancers, Nomi Dance Company, Dance in the Parks, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has worked as a guest artist with Ballet Quad Cities, Madison Ballet, Ron de Jesus Dance, and Emily Stein Dance. In addition to performing, Elizabeth has taught for Visceral Dance Center, The Actors Gymnasium, and is currently on faculty at the Joffrey Academy of Dance. This is Elizabeth's third production with Lucky Plush.
JAMY MEEK is a native of Lubbock, Texas, and has performed for audiences around the world. He enjoyed a 13-year career with Hubbard Street Dance
Chicago – first with founder Lou Conte, then under the direction of Jim Vincent. He then joined Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague for three years. Since his return to Chicago, Jamy performed in several productions with the Lyric Opera Chicago and The Goodman Theater in it's reinvention of Brigadoon. He became a member of The Cambrians, a global dance production network, for The Nexus Project: Autumn and Jamy. He has taught master classes in ballet, jazz and contemporary modern throughout the United States and holds a bachelor of fine arts indance performance from Oklahoma City University. Jamy is thrilled to perform with the generous and talented artists of Lucky Plush!
MELINDA JEAN MYERS originated roles and toured nationally with Cinderbox 2.0, The Queue, and Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip. Melinda is also a dance teacher and choreographer. She creates interdisciplinary ensemble works and one-woman cabaret performances. Her works have been presented throughout the Midwest, NYC, Germany and South Korea. Melinda received her MFA from University of Iowa (2012) and BFA from New York University (2005). She was honored to perform and tour internationally with the Trisha Brown Dance Company for four years (2006-2010) and currently re-stages their repertory.
RODOLFO SÁNCHEZ SARRACINO was born in Cuba where he graduated from the National School of Arts Instructors and studied at the University of Arts. Rodolfo was a Principal dancer with Danza Teatro Retazos from 2007-2016 during which time he toured internationally to Italy, Sweden, the U.K., the U.S., Uruguay and Argentina. He has danced in choreography by Isabel Bustos, Stéphane Boko, Miguel Azcue, Pepe Hevia, Venetia Stifler, among others. In addition to working with Lucky Plush, Rodolfo is a member of Concert Dance Incorporated.
AARON R. WHITE, a Chicago, IL native, earned his MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and his BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in Dance Performance and Choreography. White’s performance experience includes the Sean Curran Company, Project 44, and Trainor Dance, along with a host of other choreographers primarily based in New York City. As a choreographer, he has created work with Opera Lafayette of Washington D.C, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Theater Department, Dance Africa Pittsburg, and for a variety of summer programs. As a master instructor, he has taught at The American Dance Festival, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Point Park University, Barnard College at Columbia University, University of Hawaii – Manoa, Towson University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gibney Dance and Dance New Amsterdam. Most recently, White participated in the prestigious SpringBoard Danse Montreal, which invites 120 dancers from across the world to work with various international dance companies and choreographers. This year, 36+ countries were represented. As a Reiki Master-Teacher, Aaron R. White wishes to be a beacon of Light to support others, illuminate fears, and facilitate healing through Reiki, education, dance, and dialogue.
MEGHANN WILKINSON has been an ensemble member with Lucky Plush Productions since 2004, where she has originated roles in Lulu Sleeps, Cinderbox 18, The Sky Hangs Down Too Close, Punk Yankees, The Better Half, Cinderbox 2.0, The Queue, and Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip, among others. She has also been a recurring ensemble member of The Arrow with The Neo-Futurists. She is a former company member of Mordine and Company and has performed in Chicago with Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts and Peter Carpenter Performance Project. Meghann has been a guest teacher and choreographer for Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Cecchetti Council of America, and Evanston Dance Ensemble. She was Assistant Choreographer for Lookingglass Theatre’s The Great Fire and movement director for Walkabout Theater’s Crow. In 2016, Meghann was a participant in Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute and completed a certificate in Permaculture Design with Midwest Permaculture. Meghann has organized for the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance and the Society of Dance History Scholars. She has taught at Northwestern University, Dance Center Evanston, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Visceral Dance Chicago, as well as national and international master classes with Lucky Plush Productions. She is currently a part-time faculty member in the dance and theater programs at Columbia College Chicago.
SOJOURNER ZENOBIA graduated from Naropa University with a BFA in Interdisciplinary performance and a minor in Buddhist philosophy. In 2008 she founded Soul Journey Productions under which she works as a freelance solo artist and director. She completed the School at Steppenwolf in 2009 and Pantheatre’s experimental vocal technique training in 2011. In 2015 she joined Chicago Folklore Ensemble as the resident storyteller. She finds purpose working the “underground” Chicago performance scene where the most innovative and heart-full artists dwell. She is excited to be a part of SuperStrip with Lucky Plush Productions, a company that boldly integrates text and movement with a diverse representation of bodies on stage.