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Kara Brody

Kara (ensemble) joined Lucky Plush in 2016, originated roles in Rooming House, Rink Life and Curb Candy, and joined the touring cast of SuperStrip and Cinderbox 2.0. Kara 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 Fernandes' Art by Snapchat at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She is currently in project with Khecari under the direction of Jonathan Meyer and Julia Antonick and is working with the Cambrians for their project, Chicago Dances.

Michel Rodriguez Cintra

Michel (ensemble) joined Lucky Plush in 2013, originated roles in The Queue, SuperStrip, Rooming House, Rink Life and Curb Candy, and joined the touring cast of The Better Half and Cinderbox 2.0. Michel was born in Havana, and is a former principal member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, and danced with Hedwig Dances, 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 an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago and has taught master classes nationally and internationally.

Elizabeth Luse

Elizabeth (ensemble) joined Lucky Plush in 2014, originated roles in SuperStrip, Rooming House, Rink Life and Curb Candy, and joined the touring cast of The Queue and Cinderbox 2.0. Elizabeth is originally from Orlando, FL, and 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.

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Rodolfo Sánchez SarraciNo

Rodolfo (ensemble) joined Lucky Plush in 2016, originated roles in Rooming House, Rink Life and Curb Candy, and joined the touring cast of Cinderbox 2.0. Rodolfo was born in Cuba where he graduated from the National School of Arts Instructors and studied at the University of Arts. He 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-Raheim White

Aaron (ensemble), joined Lucky Plush in 2016, originated roles in Rooming House, Rink Life and Curb Candy, and joined the touring cast of SuperStrip and Cinderbox 2.0. A Chicago native, Aaron earned his MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and his BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), both in Dance Performance and Choreography.  While at UIUC, Aaron studied abroad in Taiwan to train in Classical Chinese Dance, Dance Meditation, Acrobatics, and Kung Fu at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Aaron has performed with the Sean Curran Company, Project 44, and Trainor Dance, among others. He has choreographed work for Opera Lafayette of Washington D.C, UIUC'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, UIUC, Gibney Dance and Dance New Amsterdam. Aaron is also a Reiki Master-Teacher and he strives to facilitate healing through Reiki, education, dance, and dialogue.

Meghann Wilkinson

Meghann (ensemble) joined Lucky Plush in 2004, and originated roles in Lulu Sleeps, Cinderbox 18, The Sky Hangs Down Too Close, Punk Yankees, The Better Half, Cinderbox 2.0, The Queue, SuperStrip, Rink Life and Curb Candy, among others. She has also been a recurring ensemble member of The Arrow with The Neo-Futurists, and has performed with Mordine and Company, Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, and Peter Carpenter Performance Project. Meghann was Assistant Choreographer for Lookingglass Theatre’s The Great Fire and movement director for Walkabout Theater’s Crow, and she has been a guest choreographer with Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Cecchetti Council of America, and Evanston Dance Ensemble. Meghann 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 has organized for the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance and the Society of Dance History Scholars, participated in Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, and completed a certificate in Permaculture Design with Midwest Permaculture. She is currently a part-time faculty member in the dance and theater programs at Columbia College Chicago.

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Ethan Kirschbaum

Ethan (guest performer), joined Lucky Plush in 2018 to originate roles in Rink Life and Curb Candy. Originally from Oakland, CA, Ethan began his dance career as an apprentice with the Savage Jazz Dance Company while still in high school. Travelling to New York City to attend the Ailey School/Fordham University B.F.A. program, Ethan graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in dance performance. While in his junior year, he joined Hubbard Street 2, dancing and teaching workshops around the globe while concurrently completing his degree. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, and danced internationally including Canada, Mexico, Holland, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, and Russia. In 2011, Ethan moved to Saarbrücken, Germany to dance with Donlon Dance Company at the Saarländisches Staatstheater under the direction of Marguerite Donlon. He is currently on faculty at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. After completing five seasons with River North Dance Chicago, Ethan is a freelance artist performing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, choreographing locally, and teaching nationally as a guest to dance studios and university programs alike.

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Jacinda Ratcliffe

Jacinda (guest performer) joined Lucky Plush in 2018 to originate roles in Rink Life and Curb Candy. Jacinda graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Dance and Psychology. Upon graduating, she trained on scholarship at Lou Conte Dance Studio under Claire Bataille. She has received additional training through intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Washington School Of Ballet, and Ballet Híspanico. While living in Chicago, she danced as an apprentice with Project Bound Dance in addition to working freelance throughout the city. Most recently, she performed in Frankenstein AI: A Monster Made By Many at Sundance Film Festival. She is currently based out of New York City.

 

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Enid Smith

Enid (guest performer) joined Lucky Plush in 2018 to originate roles in Rink Life and Curb Candy. Enid earned her BFA in contemporary dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. In New York City, she performed with Ivy Baldwin Dance, The Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Anita Cheng Dance, and MAC Cosmetics among others. Since moving to the Chicago area in 2007, she has presented her own work under the name enidsmithdance, collaborated with The North Shore Choral Society and the artists of Articular Facet, and worked extensively with The Evanston Dance Ensemble and ede2. Enid can be seen in The Retreat: One Week with Khecari in June of 2018. She currently teaches advanced modern at Dovetail Studios and Dance Center Evanston and maintains a massage therapy practice.

Jeff Ewing

Jeff (performer) joined the touring cast of SuperStrip in 2016. Jeff 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 and 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 dancinged with Charlotte Ballet’s second company where he performed the works of Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, and David Ingram.

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Jamy Meek

Jamy (performer) joined the touring cast of SuperStrip in 2016. Jamy 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 in dance performance from Oklahoma City University.

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Sojourner Zenobia

Sojourner (performer) joined Lucky Plush in 2016 and originated a role in SuperStrip. She graduated from Naropa University with a BFA in Interdisciplinary performance and a minor in Buddhist philosophy. In 2008 Sojourner 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.