Artistic Associates

Nick Belley's previous Porchlight Music Theatre design credits include: Ain't Misbehavin', Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and  Grille and Pal Joey. Selected Chicago design credits include: RENT (Paramount Theater); Avenue Q and The Color Purple (Mercury Theater); Hank Williams: Lost Highway (American Blues Theater); Good Boys and True  and  Brighton Beach Memoirs (Raven Theater); Pleasant Dreams, The Altruists (Two Lights); Or, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion (Caffeine Theatre)Nick has worked as an assistant/associate at many theaters including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman, Paramount Theater, The Court, Writers Theatre, Fireside Dinner Theatre, First Stage, Northlight, and Drury Lane Oakbrook. 


Christin Boulette is a Chicago transplant hailing from Wyoming. She is very happy to be a part of the Porchlight Music Theatre Family and is glad  to give back through the artistic associate program. Christin’s Chicago stage debut was in the 2007 Porchlight production of A Wonderful Life (Dorothy) under the direction of fellow artistic associate Rob Lindley. Other Porchlight credits include Nine (Francesca/Claudia u/s) and Candide (Sheep and others, Cunegonde u/s) as well as projects with Off the Porch. Other Chicago credits include shows with Theatre at the Center, Quest Theatre, Theo Ubique, Route 66 Theatre Company, Light Opera Works, Chamber Opera Chicago, City Lit Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Mercury Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and The Goodman Theatre.


Austin Cook is thrilled to an Artistic Associate with Porchlight Music Theatre and had so much fun playing for Ain't Misbehavin'! Favorite acting credits: 1st National Tour Million Dollar Quartet (Jerry Lee Lewis, tour music director), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Hoss), Putting It Together (music director, man 4) Jeff Award Nomination-Music Direction, Some Enchanted Evening (music director/pianist) Jeff Award-Music Direction. Favorite Music Director credits: 1st National Tour Million Dollar Quartet, Rooms: A Rock Romance.

UP NEXT for Austin: Starring in and Music Directing Marry Me a Little at Porchlight opening April 14, 2017


Matt Crowle earned the 2015 Jeff Award for his performance as Hysterium in Porchlight's production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.  He also made his directorial debut with Double Trouble at Porchlight Music Theatre in 2013.  Chicago and other regional credits include Northlight Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Chicago Shakes, Saint Michael's Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, the MUNY, and the Arkansas Rep.  Matt performed in the Broadway company of Monty Python's Spamalot and in the Off-Broadway production of Take Me Along.  He also had the honor of tap dancing along side Tommy Tune in the national tour of Doctor Dolittle.  Matt is an established tap instructor and, in addition to instructing privately, teaches Advanced/Professional Theatre Tap at The School At Porchlight. 

UP NEXT for Matt: Directing and Choreographing Crazy For You at Drury Lane Oakbrook, November 10, 2016 - January 8, 2017; Starring in Porchlight Revisits Little Me February 28 - March 2, 2017.


Brandon Dahlquist is a Chicago based actor and photographer who is thrilled to be a Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate. Acting credits at Porchlight include “Leon Czolgocz” in Assassins, “Georges” in Sunday in the Park with George, “Warren Harding” in The Teapot Scandals and the improvised musical Best Musical!. Additional theatre credits include; “Count Carl Magnus” in A Little Night Music (Writers Theatre-Jeff nomination Supporting Actor), 12 Angry Men (Maltz Jupiter Theatre-Carbondell Award Ensemble), Knute Rockne: All American (TATC-Jeff nomination Supporting Actor), “Paul Hornung” in Lombardi at Peninsula Players and “Thomas Jefferson” in 1776 at The Asolo Repertory. As well as work at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Drury Lane Watertower, Theatre at the Center, Noble Fool Theatricals, Congo Square, BoHo and Next Theatre.  As a photographer Dahlquist has shot promotional and archival material for Porchlight’s A Catered Affair, tick, tick... Boom!, A Class Act, Pal Joey and the Chicago Sings concert series.  Other photographer credits include Peninsula Players, Next Theatre, Route 66 and Bohemian Theatre in addition to a thriving headshot business.


Dina DiCostanzo is an actress, singer and dancer who performs regularly in and around Chicagoland.  Her stage accomplishments include work at Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, Drury Lanes Oakbrook and Water Tower, Victory Gardens, Paramount, The Mercury, Theatre at the Center, Northlight Theatre, and CenterStage Baltimore. Dina choreographs for many projects and theatres (Broadway World nomination, The Drowsy Chaperone-Fremont Street Theatre). Dina choreographed Golden Boy, co-directed Fade Out/Fade In, and was associate choreographer under Brenda Didier on Pal Joey and How To Succeed...all with Porchlight Music Theatre. She loves swing dancing and learning Italian in her downtime. Honored to be an artistic associate for Porchlight!


Brenda Didier is thrilled to serve as an Artistic Associate for Porchlight Music Theatre. Ms. Didier is a freelance choreographer/director based in Chicago and owns and directs the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, now in its 18th successful season in a brand new 5000 square foot facility. She received the Equity Jeff Award for Best Director of a Revue for Porchlight's Ain't Misbehavin' as well as directed/choreographed Bailiwick Chicago's very well received The Wild Party last fall. Ms. Didier choreographed The Christmas Schooner and The Addams Family for Mercury Theater in the winter and followed up with choreography for Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar.
Ms. Didier has received Non-Equity Jeff Awards for both direction and choreography, After Dark Awards for choreography, the National Youth Theatre Award for choreography and the 2010 Broadway World Chicago fan favorite award for choreography-non-equity. Ms. Didier has collaborated with Porchlight on ten productions, most recently A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the returning smash-hit  Ain't Misbehavin'. She has served as a guest instructor/choreographer for Northwestern University, Columbia College, the University of Illinois- Champaign/Urbana, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Carthage College. Ms. Didier has choreographed musicals, industrials, special events as well as productions for Second City's mainstage and five installments of Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier's Skyline Stage. These productions toured and played in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Cirque Shanghai Extreme Off-Broadway.

UP NEXT for Brenda: Directing/Co-choreographing In The HeightsPorchlight Music Theatre, opening September 9.

Patrick Fries has worked with Porchlight on productions, Tick, Tick...Boom, A Class Act, Gifts of the Magi, and Pal Joey. Pat is the Associate Producer and an ensemble member with Rivendell Theatre where he has recently worked on Eat Your Heart Out and Rasheeda Speaking. Other credits include All Our Tragic, Coriolanus (The Hypocrites), These Shining Lives, The Walls, Mary's Wedding, and 26 Miles (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble), The UN Inspector, Dying City, Boom, End Days, War With The Newts, The Piano Teacher, and Madagascar (Next Theatre), Generic Latina 2010 and Lunatic(a)s (Teatro Luna), and Welcome Yule! 2009 and 2010 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Pat is also the Programming Manager and a Company Member with 2nd Story. 


David Girolmo is a multiple Jeff Award winner and nominee. He has performed in 46 of the contiguous United States and Canada. Broadway: Candide, directed by Hal Prince. Chicago: Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye) Paramount, 21 Drury Lane productions, including: Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate (Jeff nomination as Fred Graham), Annie (Oliver Watbucks), Follies (Ben Stone), and world premiers of The Hunchback of Norte Dame (Quasimodo), and Phantom of the Opera, Tally’s Folly (Jeff nomination as Matt Friedman) Oak Park Festival, Phantom (Jeff Award as Gerard Carriere) Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Gypsy (Herbie) and 42nd St. (Julian Marsh) TATC, Much Ado About Nothing (Antonio) Chicago Shakespeare, The House of Martin Guerre (Sanxi Guerre) Goodman, “Crisis” (Congressman Langston Wirth) NBC series beginning March 16. Mr. Girolmo is a proud member and councilor of Actors’ Equity Association, and is married to Chicago Actor Heidi Kettenring, who hung the moon and stars. 


Sarah Hayes has been lucky to be a part of Porchlight Music Theatre and an artistic associate for a number of years, appearing in Sweeney Todd (Ensemble/extension Beggar Woman), The Teapot Scandals (Madame Marcia), Candide (Paquette), Sunday in the Park with George (Nurse/Mrs./Harriet), and the Jeff Award-winning Ragtime (Emma Goldman). Some other companies she's worked with include Chicago Shakespeare, ATC, Noble Fool, Theo Ubique, City Lit, Bailiwick, Griffin, Strawdog, Circle Theatre, Urinetown with BlueDog Productions at the Mercury Theater, and Sweeney Todd with George Hearn and Patti LuPone at the Ravinia Festival.  Also, with Theo Ubique Sarah was part of the Jeff nominated Best Ensemble of Evita and received a Jeff nomination and Broadway World nomination for Actress in a Leading Role - Musical for playing "Aldonza" in Man of La Mancha.  She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Music Theatre.



Greg Hofmann, Lighting Designer, has worked with Porchlight on Pal Joey and Tick, Tick, BOOM. Other selected designs include: Les Miserables, Oliver, Drury Lane Oakbrook; 42nd Street, Annie, Paramount Theatre Aurora; Road Show, Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Vieux Carre and Brighton Beach Memoirs, Raven Theatre; Passing Strange, Bailiwick Chicago; Sons of the Prophet and 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Forward Theatre.  Greg has also designed over 30 productions for Cedar Fair Amusement Parks across the country including Cedar Point's Luminosity. He holds an MFA in lighting design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bil Ingraham couldn't be happier to call Porchlight Music Theatre his artistic home, having been involved creatively with more than 17 shows over the last 14 years, both on and off the stage. Currently, behind the scenes, he serves on the Board of Directors and as an Artistic Associate. Most recently he was the Assistant Director for Porchlight's productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Class Act, and Putting it Together. Select Porchlight stage credits include "Jules" in Sunday in the Park With George, "Father" in Ragtime, "Salieri" in Amadeus, and roles in Sweeney Todd, A New Brain, Passion, Macabaret, and Wonderful Life.  He has also performed with Mercury Theatre, Northlight, Apple Tree, and American Theatre Company, among others. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Bil is on ‘hiatus’ from the stage but relishes the ability to stay active behind the scenes with Porchlight, his most cherished artistic endeavor.



Jeff Kmiec, Scenic Designer, has worked with Porchlight on Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Double Trouble, Ain't Misbehavin', How to Succeed, Sweeney Todd. Chicago Credits: Spelling Bee (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Tom Jones, Commons of Pensacola (Northlight). Les Miserables (Paramount-Aurora). Good Boys and True (Raven Theatre). Regional: Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Heritage Theatre Festival, Children's Theatre of Charlotte.  Awards: Southeastern Theatre Conference 2012 "Ready to Work" Award, 2011 KCACTF O'Neill Festival Fellowship.  

Rob Lindley, Casting Associate, host and director of Porchlight Music Theatre's annual Chicago Sings concert, has been seen on stage in Candide (Goodman Theatre); Bach at Liepzig, Oh Coward! (Writers' Theatre); Caroline or Change, The Wild Duck, Carousel (Court Theatre); Urinetown (Mercury Theatre); Wings (Apple Tree Theatre); The Most Happy Fella - starring George Hearn (Ravinia Festival); and Children of Eden, A New Brain, Sweeney Todd, Closer Than Ever (Porchlight). Rob was also nominated for a Jeff Award for his performance of Mr. Snow in Carousel and won the Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Revue for his work in Oh Coward! Rob performs cabaret often with his vocal trio Foiled Again (After Dark Award winners in 2003) and recorded Foiled Again: Live with them (available on iTunes and Rob is a proud member of Actors' Equity.


Linda Madonia is thrilled to be a new Artistic Associate at Porchlight Music Theatre. As a Music Director in the Chicago area for the past 25 years, credits include Double Trouble for Porchlight, Leo on Ice for Leo Burnett at the Chicago Theater, Cabaret and Man of LaMancha for Light Opera Works, and Forbidden Broadway:SVU at the Royal George Theater. Other credits include Grand Hotel and Nunsensations at Drury Lane Water Tower Place, and A Chorus LIne, She Loves Me and Me and My Girl at Theater at the Center. For the past seven years, Linda has been the musical director for Chicago’s equity, and non-equity Joseph Jefferson Awards. During the day, Linda owns American Eagle Productions, a touring theater company that takes shows directly into schools. American Eagle has been doing shows for twenty two years and presents 300 shows a year to Chicago area schools. 

UP NEXT for Linda: Music Directing Helldrivers of Datona at the Royal George Theatre opening September 8


Bill Morey is proud to be an Artistic Associate at Porchlight Music Theatre which has been his artistic home for the last ten years.  He has designed the costumes for A Class Act, A Catered Affair, The King and I (Jeff Award, BroadwayWorld Chicago Award), Into the Woods (Jeff nomination), Candide (Jeff nomination), Nine (Jeff Award), Macabaret, Ragtime (Jeff Award—Best Musical), Gypsy (After Dark Award), Elegies, Company and A New Brain (After Dark Award) and most recently, Pal Joey.  Bill made his Off-Broadway debut doing costumes for Tomorrow Morning at the York Theater. Other Chicago credits include work with Theo Ubique (including the non-Equity Jeff Award winning Best Musical A Light in the Piazza), Griffin, Timeline, Boho, Piven, Lifeline, Hell in a Handbag, Bailiwick and The Scooty and JoJo Show.

UP NEXT for Bill:  Costume Designing End of the Rainbow at Porchlight opening November 4.


Christopher Pazdernik  is producer, director and choreographer with “a near encyclopedic knowledge of musicals” (NewCity Stage), Christopher’s Chicago credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Bombs Away! (Bailiwick); Spamalot, A Streetcar Named Desire and Evita (Jedlicka); Miracle on 34th Street, Anyone Can Whistle and City of Angels (Porchlight); Time After Time: The Songs of Jule Styne (Theo Ubique); The Full Monty (Village Players), a series of musical theater revues at Davenport’s, and a Jeff Award nomination for co-choreographing Spamalot with Nightblue. He has also worked with new musicals in development Perpetual Possibility (Kokandy Productions) and Bewildered (Hell in a Handbag). He is also the creator and co-host of Option Up!, a live monthly musical theater talk-show at Stage 773. Previous teaching credits including musical theater workshops at Elmhurst College.
UP NEXT for Christopher: Directing/Choreographing Porchlight Revisits The Rink, October 4-6 


Doug Peck is one of Chicago’s leading music directors, having won six Joseph Jefferson Awards (The Jungle Book, Porgy and Bess, Caroline, or Change, Carousel, Fiorello!, and Man of La Mancha) and two After Dark Awards (Guys and DollsHello, Again), as well as the Sarah Siddons Award and the Guy Adkins Award, for his music direction and orchestrations in Chicago and across the country. Other favorite projects include Dreamgirls, Animal Crackers, Shenandoah, Candide, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Cabaret, Oh, Coward!, James Joyce’s The Dead, A Catered Affair, Grey Gardens, and Raisin. Peck’s work has been heard in Chicago at Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Porchlight Music Theatre, and the Ravinia Festival. Regional credits include work at the Huntington Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Peninsula Players Theatre, among others. Mr. Peck can be heard on the recordings Bright Young People: The Songs of Noël Coward, Foiled Again Live, and Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein. For the Chicago Humanities Festival, he and his husband Rob Lindley have presented Assassins and Follies in concert, as well as the original concert evenings Birds Do It, Bees Do It and A Night At The Oscars, a chronological survey of every single song that has won the Academy Award.  Mr. Peck is a graduate of Northwestern University and also trained at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is a creative partner with the Goodman, an artistic associate with Porchlight Music Theatre, and a faculty member of the National High School Institute of the Arts. Upcoming projects include Juno at Timeline Theatre, the world premiere musical Days Like Today at Writers Theatre, and Carousel at the Glimmerglass Opera. 

UP NEXT for Doug: Music Directing The Scottsboro Boys at Porchlight opening February 3 


Gerald Richardson has been a proud Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate for many years. Most recently Gerald was seen in Porchlight Revisits...Fade Out-Fade In and Anyone Can Whistle and Filament Theatre's production of Hank Wiliiams Lost Highway at the Antenaeum Theater. Porchlight credits include Once On This Island, Ragtime, Phantom, Candide, The Gifts of the Magi and A Wonderful Life. Gerald won the Black Theatre Alliance Award for best featured actor in a musical for his role as the tin man in The Wiz in 2007. Other Chicago credits include, Grand Hotel, Parade, The Wild Party, Though Shalt Not, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, Africa And Plumbridge, Kismet, The Student Prince and Countess Maritza. Last season, Gerald was nominated for a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Tee-Tot in Hank Williams: Lost Highway with Filament Theater Ensemble.


Jon Runnfeldt has been working professionally in the Chicago music theatre scene since the age of 9. He made his Porchlight Music Theatre debut with Merrily We Roll Along. Other PMT shows include Into The Woods (Rapunzel's Prince/Steward), A Little Night Music (Henrik), Falsettos (Whizzer), and Macabaret. He was last seen on stage in Urinetown as "Tiny Tom" at the Mercury Theatre. Prior to that he played "Claude" in Hair at The Attic Playhouse, "Rolf" in The Sound of Music at Theatre At The Center, and in productions with Emerald City, Apple Tree Theatre, New Tuners, Centerlight Theatre, Theatre BAM, and Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. Jon has been creating promotional art for PMT since the 2010/2011. He has worked in the videographer and photography world for over 12 years, and recently in the corporate advertising world as new business director for Wunderman in Chicago. Jon is the lead crative at Books of Life, a full service design boutique. He is also the chief design officer of Oto Float, a floatation therapy company, Family, friends and art make his world go 'round.


Aaron Shapiro was the founding Artistic Director for Oracle Productions, and the founding Executive Director for Studio BE, which recently became MCL Chicago. He has worked with over 50 Chicago theatre organizations in various capacities since he graduated from Barat College of DePaul University in 2004. Aaron currently freelances as a director, production manager, sound designer, technical director, educator, and producer for such companies as Sideshow Theatre, Haven Theatre, Niles West High School, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Lake Forest High School, and Chicago Commercial Collective.

UP NEXT for Aaron: Production Managing In The Heights at Porchlight opening September 9


Heather Townsend is delighted to serve as a Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate, where she has performed in Porchlight's productions of The Gifts of the Magi, Nine, Sunday in the Park with George and Macabaret. Recently, she performed in the Mercury Theatre's critically-acclaimed production of A Grand Night for Singing, with music direction by fellow Artistic Associate, Eugene Dizon. Other Chicago credits include work with Northlight, Remy Bumppo, Shattered Globe, Dog & Pony, Fox Valley Rep, Chicago Opera Vanguard, Caffeine, Circle, Apple Tree, Next, Theatre Wit, City Lit, Stage Left, Pegasus, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and readings with the Goodman and Steppenwolf. She is a graduate of Columbia University and The University of Chicago Law School.


Thom Van Ermen served as Director of Operations for Theatre Building Chicago until 2010.  During that time he also served as Technical Director, Building Manager and Business Manager. Thom has also spent time being a freelance Technical Director for other performing arts groups throughout Chicago.  He has also acted with Chicago Shakespeare, Bailiwick Theatre, Shakespeares Motley Crew, Goose Island Theatre, Zebra Crossing Theatre, Wayside Theatre (Winchester, VA), Free Shakespeare, Theatre Classics. He also serves as on the Advisory Board for Premiere Theatre and Performance.