Porchlight is excited to offer a series of classes designed for our patrons to deepen their understanding and appreciation for the art and history of Musical Theatre.

Upcoming Class:

Broadway by the Decade
at the Wicker Park Field House

1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Jan 18 – Feb 22

All Ages

$80 per person

Taught by Christopher Pazdernik

Register for Broadway by the Decade

In this class, participants will go ‘behind-the-scenes’ of six classic Broadway musicals; one from each decade from the 1960’s to today! We’ll cover how each show was made, how it affected Broadway, how it holds up today, with lots of fun facts and trivia along the way! This discussion-based class will be led by Chris Pazdernik who Newcity Chicago described as having “a near-encyclopedic knowledge of musicals.” Chris will share his personal library of photos, songs, and video clips from each production to give a more complete picture of each decade’s show. Best of all, those who sign up for the class will get to vote on what shows we cover!

Christopher Pazdernik (any pronouns used with respect) is the current Managing & Casting Director at Theo Ubique and past Producing Associate & Company Manager at Porchlight Music Theatre. As a Director, he  is best known for his site-specific production of High Fidelity, winning non-Equity Jeff Awards for Best Director & Best Musical. Other credits include work with Refuge Theatre Project (former Artistic Director), Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Round Barn Theatre, Chicago Theatre Workshop, Underscore Theatre Company, Pride Films & Plays, Eclectic Theatre Company, Ohio Northern University, two years of the Non-Equity Jeff Awards and this spring, Godspell at Theo Ubique. An openly HIV+ artist, Christopher is most proud of producing Belt Fest, an annual benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ organizations.


If you’re interested in joining us for any of the upcoming Engagement Classes and have questions or want to suggest a new class, please email rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org. We always love to hear what you want to learn about!