KARA BRODY is a native of Detroit, Michigan where she recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in dance from Wayne State University. She has performed works by Doug Varone, Dwight Rhoden, Trey McIntyre, Nicholas Leichter, Ron De Jesus, Stefanie Batten Bland, and others. In 2014, she was nationally recognized for her performance in Rhoden’s Hissy Fits by ACDA/Dance Magazine. She was also a recipient of the Maggie Allessee Copperfoot Award for Choreographic Excellence in 2016. This is Kara’s first season with Lucky Plush Productions and soon will be joining The Cambrians for their new project, Origami.
MICHEL RODRIGUEZ CINTRA is in his third season with Lucky Plush Productions, where he joined the touring company of The Better Half, is an originating ensemble member for The Queue, and Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip. Michel was born in Havana, and is a former member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and Hedwig Dances in Chicago. Choreography credits include three works for Hedwig Dances, one of which was a finalist in the A.W.A.R.D Show 2010. 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 part of Lucky Plush Productions, he is a member of The Cambrians, through which he has co-created two works including The Nexus Project, which was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2014. Michel is currently a part-time faculty member in the dance program at Columbia College Chicago.
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 is in her third season with Lucky Plush Productions, where she joined the touring company of The Queue, and is an originating ensemble member of Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip. She began dancing at The School of Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, and continued her dance education at Indiana University where she studied with Violette Verdy, Guoping Wang, and Leslie Peck. Professionally, Elizabeth has danced with Winifred Haun and Dancers, Nomi Dance Company, Dance in the Parks, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her guest appearances include Ballet Quad Cities, Madison Ballet, and Ron de Jesus Dance, and she currently works as a guest artist with Emily Stein. Elizabeth has taught for Visceral Dance Center and is on faculty at the Joffrey Academy of Chicago.
MELINDA JEAN MYERS is in her fourth season with Lucky Plush Productions, where she has originated roles and toured nationally with Cinderbox 2.0, The Queue, and Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip. Based in Chicago, 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. She 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 SANCHEZ 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
BEN WARDELL is in his fifth season with Lucky Plush Productions, where he joined the touring company of Punk Yankees, and is an originating ensemble member of Cinderbox 2.0, The Queue, and Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip. Ben began his ballet training in Memphis, TN, and has since widened to a broad range of techniques. His dance career began with The Cincinnati Ballet, where he achieved the rank of soloist. Ben danced with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in San Francisco and was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for over four years. He has toured internationally with Aszure Barton and Artists and created work with Ron de Jesus Dance. Ben is the founder and creative director of The Cambrians, for which he has co-created two works including The Nexus Project, which was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2014. Ben is the recipient of a 2014 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award and a 2015 Lab Artist Award from Chicago Dancemakers Forum.
AARON 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 is in her twelfth season with Lucky Plush Productions, 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 is a former company member of Mordine and Company, and has performed with Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, Cie Felix Ruckert, Raizel Performances, 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. 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, and Visceral Dance Chicago, and is currently a part-time faculty member in the dance program 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.