Deirdre is the mother of a bicultural, bilingual daughter, Bea, who is her greatest teacher and gift and who is a dedicated writer, visual artist and activist among other things at college. Deirdre’s father is a great storyteller and her grandfather played myriad instruments including jazz fiddle in the Emancipated Syncopators in the first half of last century. Both sides of her family are full of playful, creative people who trained as dancers, musicians and artists, but who move through the world disguised as educators, attorneys,a coach for the blind, and administrators who excel at turnarounds.
Deirdre works as a director and performance artist in Chicago’s burgeoning new music/opera scene and with her kids’ chamber band The Lucky Trikes, who lead free, public music story times all over the region, and their bigger, bawdier adult iteration, The Lucky Bikes. She curates a free chamber music series at William Harris Lee & Co. in the Fine Arts Building for the Chicago Cultural Mile’s Second Fridays. During the day, she manages development for Grammy-award winning Eighth Blackbird, Lucky Plush Productions and Blair Thomas & Co. for Creative Partners, as well as for other arts, education and small business clients with her consulting practice Big Dipper Projects.
Deirdre worked as a professional actress and singer for many years in London, Rome, New York and all over the regions in the UK and US. Returning to the states with her young daughter, she served on the administrative leadership of The Catherine Cook School, Baker Demonstration School and helped launch Global Citizenship Experience Lab School. A graduate of Yale, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she is a certified ESL teacher, an alumna of Ragdale Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) and a member of Actors Equity Association and British Actors Equity. Deirdre serves as Treasurer on the board of performance ensemble MOCREP; and the advisory board of NON:op Open Opera Works, for whom she co-directed a series of public excerpts of Christopher Preissing’s epic opera installation Thunder, Perfect Mind at Zhou B Gallery, Bridgeport Arts Center, Chicago Loop Alliance’s 2016 “Smell” Activate, the Chicago Cultural Center, Intuit – The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Arts and at Harold Washington Library as part of the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival. She is thrilled to be partnering with Kyle and librarians from The Newberry to design Lucky Trikes programming for fall, 2017 and planning Tuesday evening family story times as part of Chicago Park District’s Nights Out in the Park for the entire summer.
KG, composer, performer and percussionist, has been an active artist for 17 years. With a Bachelors of Music in Composition from SUNY Fredonia, he has composed works for theatre, the concert hall, galleries and bar-room and DIY venues. KG performs across genres ranging from classical to polka, hip-hop to sound-art. His work has been heard on numerous college radio stations, the Toronto/Buffalo area PBS station WNED, and was featured on the televised PBS children’s special ‘’Pocket Adventures’’. He is the composer, percussionist and a singer for his band The Lucky Bikes and their children’s project, The Lucky Trikes.
KG performs a repertoire of solo works with electro-acoustic percussion and a turntablist project, Musicology and has appeared at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, and Museum of Contemporarily Art Chicago for Make Music Chicago, and is performing as part of the opening day of MCA’s 2017 Merce Cunningham: Common Time exhibition. An active player in the free jazz and experimental music scene and can be heard regularly at local venues including Elastic Arts, The Owl, Cafe Mustache, Myopic Books, Beat Kitchen and The Whistler and a variety of galleries and DIY spaces. Kyle has been a central participant in a series of public workshops in 2015-2016 and will perform in the new epic opera by Christopher Preissing, Thunder, Perfect Mind in 2017 and is the stage manager and percussionist for Articular Facet, another Chicago-based open culture opera collective. and He recently composed, curated and served as music director for Theatre Y’s 2016 production of MacBeth at The Chopin Theater, part of Shakespeare 400 in Chicago. He resides in Chicago where he produces events for other artists and sells his handmade jewelry.