Deirdre Harrison, Interim Director of Development

Deirdre Harrison joined Creative Partners in March 2017. Most recently Deirdre served as the Director of Development and Communications for Rush Hour Concerts/Make Music Chicago through its merger with the International Music Foundation. Prior to that, she was the Music Institute of Chicago’s first Director of Community Engagement where she helped bring back First Night Evanston. Previous non-profit administration experience includes helping launch Global Citizenship Experience Lab School and work as Director of Admission and Financial Aid for Baker Demonstration School and The Catherine Cook School. Deirdre’s BA is from Yale; she was the only American in her three year cohort at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A dual citizen with EIRE, she worked in the UK, EU and US for many years as an actress and director. In her spare time, Deirdre performs all over Chicagoland with her literacy chamber band, The Lucky Trikes, has been developing Christopher Preissing’s  epic Thunder, Perfect Mind as an associate artist of NON:op Open Opera Works, and serves on the board of new music ensemble MOCREP.


Meggie Keiser, Development Associate

Meggie Keiser joined Creative Partners in October 2016. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Meggie moved up to Chicago in May 2016 to work for Ravinia Festival for their summer season in the Development department. She recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in English – Creative Writing. Meggie served on multiple committees for her sorority, and was an active member in the National Society for Leadership and Success.


Alex Monroe, Grants Manager

Alex joined Creative Partners in November 2016. A native of St. Louis, MO, he holds degrees in percussion performance from Northwestern University (M.M.) and Truman State University (B.M.) and is completing a certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management from the Northwestern School of Professional Studies.  Prior to joining Creative Partners, Alex served as General Manager of the Lake Forest Symphony in Lake Forest, IL. Alex is a strong advocate of new music and collaborative art. In 2014, he co-founded beyond this point, an experimental percussion group specializing in cross-disciplinary work.