Deirdre is the mother of a bicultural, bilingual daughter, a talented visual artist and social justice activist, who is her greatest teacher. Both sides of Deirdre’s family are full of playful, creative people who trained as dancers, musicians and artists but who move through the world disguised as educators, attorneys, and organizational leaders.
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 serves as Chief Operating Officer for Grammy-winning Eighth Blackbird and works with nonprofit clients through her consulting practice Big Dipper Projects, Inc.
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 on the advisory board of NON:op Open Opera Works, for whom she co-directed a series of 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, Chicago Cultural Center, and Harold Washington Library as part of the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival. She created Lee Godie, French Impressionist for FEED 2016 at Intuit – The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Arts.
Deirdre was thrilled to partner with Kyle and librarians from The Newberry to design The Lucky Trikes’ programming for fall, 2017 and to participate in Navy Pier’s new Stroller Grooves series. The Lucky Trikes are developing a second year of weekly evening picnic story times for Chicago Park District’s Nights Out in the Park for 2018.
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.
In addition to composing and arranging original songs and acting as music director for The Lucky Trikes, KG performs a repertoire of solo works with electro-acoustic percussion and a turntablist project, Musicology. He has appeared at the Museum of Contemporarily Art Chicago with the Merce Cunningham Dancers on the opening day of MCA’s 2017 Merce Cunningham: Common Time exhibition and for Make Music Chicago as well as at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. 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. An active player in the free jazz and experimental music scene and can be heard regularly at local venues including Elastic Arts, Hungry Brain, 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 performed in the new epic opera by Christopher Preissing, Thunder, Perfect Mind and is the stage manager and percussionist for Articular Facet, another Chicago-based open culture opera collective. He resides in Chicago where he produces events for other artists and sells his handmade jewelry. Kyle is leading the development and production of The Lucky Trikes’ first album slated for release later in 2018.