JESS McLEOD (Director) was recently named the 2017 Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Directing Fellow. Her Chicago credits include Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On and The Wedding Singer (Haven Theatre); the educational touring production of P.J. Paparelli & Joshua Jaeger’s The Project(s) (ATC); Kumovi and For Your Art: portrait of a young blu artist (Chicago Voices/Lyric Unlimited), Lauren Yee’s in a word (Strawdog), Shawn Pfautsch’s Season on the Line (The House); Kevin Coval’s L-vis Live! (Victory Gardens); Venus (Steppenwolf Next Up!); Emily Schwartz’s Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree Group); Babes In Arms (Porchlight Revisits); Kin (Griffin); The Pajama Game, Fugitive Songs, Zanna, Don’t! (The Music Theatre Company). Director of Programming, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (2005-08); Teaching Artist, Storycatchers Theatre; 2017 Louder Than A Bomb Program Manager, Young Chicago Authors. Jess earned her MFA from Northwestern University. In development: Mill Girls (Samantha Beach & Diana Lawrence); Ellen Bond, Union Spy (Jenni Lamb, Blu Rhythm Collective).
JEFFREY D. KMIEC (Scenic Design) is a Chicago-based scenic designer. Local credits include: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Double Trouble, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sweeney Todd and Sondheim on Sondheim at Porchlight Music Theatre; Butler, Funnyman, The Commons of Pensacola and Tom Jones at Northlight Theatre; The Little Mermaid, A Christmas Story and Les Miserables (2015 Jeff Award Recipient) at Paramount Theatre; Deathtrap (2016 Jeff Award Recipient) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Drury Lane Oakbrook; Man of La Mancha at The Marriott Theatre; Good Boys and True, Dividing the Estate (Jeff Award Nomination), The Old Friends, A Loss of Roses (Jeff Award Nomination) and The Assembled Parties at Raven Theatre; Watch on the Rhine (Jeff Award Nomination) and The Seagull at The Artistic Home; London Wall and Bat Boy at Griffin Theatre; Scarcity at Redtwist Theatre and Don’t Go Gentle at Haven Theatre. Regional credits include: American Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Heritage Theatre Festival and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Jeffrey received his MFA from the University of Virginia.
STEPHANIE CLUGGISH (Costume Designer) Recent projects include Winter (Rivendell), Betrayal (Raven), How We Got On (Haven), Phillip Glass' In The Penal Colony (Chicago Fringe Opera), Posh (Steep), Good For Otto (The Gift), The Marriage of Figaro (Wolf Trap Opera), and Melancholy Play (Piven Theatre Workshop). She was also the Assistant Costume Designer with Mara Blumenfeld on One Man, Two Guvnors and The Secret Garden (Court Theatre), East of Eden (Steppenwolf), Out of Shadowland (Disney Tokyo, Japan) and the new production of Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera, directed by Mary Zimmerman. See more at stephanie-cluggish.com.
BECCA JEFFORDS (Lighting Design) is thrilled to return to Porchlight Music Theatre to work on Marry Me a Little. She received her MFA in Lighting Design from Northwestern University and her BFA in Production Design from Columbus State University. Recent Chicago designs include The Temperamentals (About Face Theatre); A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter, and Mr. Chickee's Funny Money (Chicago Children's Theatre); Betrayal (Raven Theatre); In the Penal Colony and A Turn of the Screw (Chicago Fringe Opera); The Gilded Age (City Lit Theatre); How the World Began (Rivendell Theatre); Soon I Will Be Invincible and Sparky! (Lifeline Theatre).
KEEGAN BRADAC (Sound Design) is a Chicago-based sound designer and engineer. Most recently, he designed Porchlight Music Theatre’s productions of The Scottsboro Boys and Little Me. Porchlight Sound Engineer credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Far from Heaven, Dreamgirls, In the Heights, Applause, Chess, and The Rink. Other Sound Engineer credits include Thrones! The Musical Parody at the Apollo Theater and It’s a Wonderful Life (2016) at American Blues Theater.
MEALAH HEIDENREICH (Properties Designer) has been propping in the Chicagoland area for 9 years and is thrilled to back for her seventh production at Porchlight Music Theatre. Some of her previous designs include Caged Dames and Miracle! with Hell in a Handbag Productions, In The Heights and Dreamgirls with Porchlight Music Theatre, The House That Will Not Stand with Victory Gardens and Chalk and Mai Dang Lao with Sideshow Theater Company. Mealah sends big thanks to everyone who helped her lift the heavy things, she could not have done it without them. Really, she would have been crushed.
ASHLEE RUTH WISEMAN (Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to Porchlight Music Theatre after being an assistant stage manager for In the Heights. Other Chicago credits include three productions of New Faces Sing Broadway (Porchlight Music Theatre), Dead Man Walking (Piven Theatre Workshop), and All the World’s a Stage (Quest Theatre Ensemble). Regional credits include The Lion King in Las Vegas, numerous productions at SeaWorld in San Antonio, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Christmas Carol (Nevada Conservatory Theatre). To her love, William Dale - I can't wait for our next big adventure!
ALEX RHYAN (Production Manager) is excited to continue to work with Porchlight Music Theatre! He recently was the production manager for the acclaimed production of End of the Rainbow. He also is the Production Manager at Windy City Playhouse where his credits include: Things you shouldn't say past Midnight, Chapter Two, Explorers Club, This and Apartment 3A. Technical Director credits include: Men on Boats (American Theater Company); Chops (Dashlight Production); Wastwater and The Few (Steep Theater); Barefoot in the Park (Step Up Productions). He holds a BA in technical theater from Columbia College Chicago.
MICHAEL WEBER (Artistic Director) most recently directed End of the Rainbow for Porchlight as well as the Porchlight Revisits productions of Chess, Mack & Mabel, Bells Are Ringing and Fade Out – Fade In. His productions of Side Show, Sweeney Todd, Pal Joey and Assassins at Porchlight Music Theatre, Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and She Loves Me at Theatre at the Center were each nominated for the Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production-Musical. Other directing credits include Living the History-125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre starring Patti Lupone, John Mahoney and stars of Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and others, Fifth of July and Talley’s Folly at the Oak Park Festival Theatre, The Petrified Forest at Theatre at the Center, Beauty and the Beast at Marriott Theatre, Over the River and Through the Woods at The Mercury Theater and Cirque du Symphony at Sears Center Arena. The recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards, he has written and directed the past nine Joseph Jefferson Awards ceremonies. Weber’s regional acting credits include The Merry Widow and The Sound of Music at Lyric Opera, 42nd Street at Paramount, Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy (both starring Patti LuPone) at Ravinia, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio at First Stage Milwaukee, Around the World in 80 Days at Cleveland Playhouse, The Winter’s Tale and Henry V at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Angel Street at First Folio Shakespeare, and The Gifts of the Magi at Indiana Repertory. Having served previously as artistic director of Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place (now The Broadway Playhouse) and Theatre at the Center, Michael is proud to serve as a pledge host on WTTW, Channel 11, and is author of the play, WAR of the WELLeS.
JEANNIE LUKOW (Executive Director) is a founding member of Porchlight Music Theatre’s board of directors and served for six years as its president. She was thrilled to join the staff in September 2014 as the company’s first Executive Director. Prior to taking the helm at Porchlight, Jeannie ran Bespoke Cuisine, one of Chicago's leading cooking party venues, which she co-founded/owned for 12 years. Before the hospitality/food business, Jeannie built a 15-year career in marketing communications, much of it spent in association management. Her most recent position was as Managing Director of Marketing Communications for the National Association of Realtors, one of the nation’s largest trade associations. She is a native Michigander and graduate of Michigan State University.