WHAT WE DO
No Small Plans Productions is a Chicago-based event production and public relations studio. Helmed by award-winning event producer Kristen Kaza, NSP puts relationships at center of the conversation, providing partners and clients with opportunities to truly engage with audiences and showcase their work and mission. NSP aims to create work that both provides a platform for Chicago's creatives and an immersive experience for guests.
NSP provides the following services: Event planning and production, publicity, media strategy, brand development, and audience development & engagement. We bring together a unique team of highly creative people in the fields of design, performance, production, and the arts to curate one-of-a-kind experiences that build brand recognition and loyalty. We don't believe vinyl banners and hashtags will be what makes your brand memorable, but instead the good people that come together to make the experience special.
HOW WE DO IT
By combining our signature trifecta of Event Planning, Production and Public Relations we aim to create welcoming spaces for people of diverse identities and expressions to experience entertainment in a locally-supportive, intimate, and authentic format. We especially love working with organizations that work to create positive change and strengthen communities
WHO WE ARE
Kristen Kaza - Principal, Senior Event Producer, Publicist
Kristen, a tenth generation Vermonter, has worked in marketing, events and community engagement for Time Out Chicago, Whole Foods Market, and the Chicago Reader since she moved to the Chicago in 2003. As the Reader's Director of Marketing, Kristen lead the marketing charge for the print and digital Reader redesign, re-focusing marketing efforts on community engagement via participatory content, social media, and interactive events. In 2012, she channeled her entrepreneurial calling and launched No Small Plans Productions, with the simple but crucial goal of creating events that would bring really great people together to experience really great local entertainment. Since launching the company, she's been busy producing pride cruises on pirate boats, underground dinners at secret speakeasies, galas in nature conservatories, costumed premiere parties, and rousing downtown rallies.
Kristen is a very active leader in the LGBTQ community, and in 2009 was recognized with a 30 Under 30 honor from Windy City Media Group for her accomplishments. In 2014, Kristen was voted Best Party Promoter in the Chicago Reader's Readers' Poll, and her R&B dance party "Slo 'Mo: Slow jams for homos (and their fans)" won Best LGBTQ Dance Party and Runner Up for Best Dance Party. Kristen regularly works with filmmaker Ky Dickens, creator of notable documentaries Fish out of Water and Sole Survivor, recently acquired by CNN Films.
She also teaches public relations at her alma mater, Columbia College Chicago and sits on advisory committees for the Gene Siskel Film Center and About Face Theatre. In her spare time, you can find her in the kitchen baking or hunting for her next jumpsuit.
Kkaza@no-small-plans.com | @KristenKaza
Alysia Alex - Production Coordinator, Designer, Media Strategist
Alysia joined NSP shortly after graduating from SAIC with a degree in Art History and Art Administration. She has a background in creative marketing, social media management, and curatorial practice. She has worked for galleries such as Design Cloud and Pagoda Red, managed creative studios, and assisted with marketing campaigns for companies like NPR and The Chicago Reader.
At NSP she is known for combining her smart eye for design with savvy social media skills to create effective, collaborative and socially conscious marketing content that tells a genuine story.
Alysia actively serves as the Founder and Creative Director of 1137, a blog that celebrates all things art, design, style, and culture by bringing together a community of creative contributors. In her spare time you can find her blogging, working her way through a stack of publications, or dancing to her collection of Motown records.
Alysia@no-small-plans.com | @AlysiaAlex