Now Extended through June 2

2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

BEST LOCAL PRODUCTION OF THIS WORK TO DATE” – Chicago Tribune
DYNAMIC” – Third Coast Review
HITS ALL THE MARKS” – Let’s Play at ChicagoNow.com
TERRIFIC” – TheFourthWalsh.com
TRANSCENDENCE AND BEAUTY” – Chicago Sun-Times
POWERFUL, EMOTIONAL AND ENTERTAINING” – ChicagoOnStage.com
A BRILLIANT PIECE OF THEATRE” – ChicagoTheatreReview.com
RAW EMOTION” – BroadwayWorld.com
PERFECTION” – AroundTownChicago.com

 

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MEET THE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM OF SPRING AWAKENING
NOW EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 2

 

 


Music by Duncan Sheik+

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater+

Based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind 

Directed and Choreographed by Brenda Didier*

Music Directed by Justin Akira Kono+

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Porchlight’s production will thrill you with a story over 130 years in the making! Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th-century Germany, and based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play that was immediately banned due to its subject matter, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of youthful self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Haunting and provocative, this landmark American musical celebrates a journey from adolescence to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.

Please note: Spring Awakening contains verbal, physical and sexual assault, parental abuse, teen pregnancy, abortion, strong language, simulated masturbation and sex and implied suicide as well as implied gun violence.


CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Brenda Didier*
Music Director: Justin Akira Kono+
Assistant Director: Lorenzo Rush Jr+
Associate Choreographer: Alejandro Fonseca+
Intimacy Choreographer: Kristina Fluty*
Fight Choreographer: Jerry Galante+
Scenic Designer: Chris Rhoton+
Costume Designer: Bill Morey+
Lighting Designer: Patrick Chan+
Sound Designer & Co-Production Manager: Matthew R. Chase+
Properties Designer: Jonathan Berg-Einhorn+


CAST

The Adult Men: Michael Joseph Mitchell+
Martha: Ariana Burks*
The Adult Women: McKinley Carter*
Melchior: Jack DeCesare+
Ensemble / US Anna & Thea: Isis Elizabeth*
Ilse: Tiffany T. Taylor*
Ensemble / US Wendla & Ilse: Desiree Gonzalez*
Ensemble / US Otto & Ernst: Ryan Michael Hamman+/^
Wendla: Maya Lou Hlava*
Moritz: Quinn Kelch+
Thea: Maddy Kelly*
Hanschen: John Marshall Jr.+
Ensemble / US Melchior & Georg: Drew Mitchell+
Georg / US Hanschen: Juwon Tyrel Perry+
Anna / US Martha: Sydney Monet Swanson^/*
Otto / US Moritz: Kevin James Sievert+
Ernst: Kelan M. Smith+
Stand-by The Adult Women: Genevieve Thiers*
Stand-by The Adult Men: Anthony Whitaker+/^


PRODUCTION STAFF

Production Stage Manager: Richard Strimer+
Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlin Body*
Assistant Stage Manager: Peyton Cooper*
Assistant Stage Manager: Andrea Enger*
Scenic Supervisor: Johnnie Schleyer+
Lighting Supervisor: Rachel West*
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jaime Silverman*
Audio Supervisor & Engineer: Jamie Davis^


Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs);  = (any with respect)


Based on availability, a select, limited number of Mainstage tickets will be on sale for $25 day of select performances. Rush tickets are subject to availability and limited to two (2) per person. All handling fees still apply. When tickets are available, they may be purchased directly through our box office, either in person or via phone, when we open each day at noon.*

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Meet the Cast, Creatives and Crew

Artistic Team

Brenda Didier*

Brenda Didier*

Director

BRENDA DIDIER (she/her/hers) returns to Porchlight where she recently co-directed and co-choreographed the award-winning Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies with Florence Walker Harris. Also, at Porchlight, Didier directed A Chorus Line and directed and choreographed Billy Elliot, The Musical, In The Heights and Dreamgirls among others. Didier is a multiple Jeff Award recipient in both direction and choreography, and the recipient of After Dark Awards, BroadwayWorld awards and the National Youth Theatre award. She is the proud owner and artistic director of the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, celebrating its 20th season. Other credits include work at the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Second City, Marriott Theatre, The Paramount, Theatre at the Center, BoHo, Mercury Theatre Chicago, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Stage Left, Six Flags Great America, Busch Gardens Virginia, Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier, T-Mobile’s national commercial “Home for the Holidays,” The Kenny Rogers Christmas Tour and the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin and Carthage College.

Justin Akira Kono+

Justin Akira Kono+

Music Director

JUSTIN AKIRA KONO (he/him/his) Porchlight: Broadway in your Backyard, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago Sings: Rock and Roll Broadway, Billy Elliot the Musical and Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi. Chicagoland: All Shook Up and Freaky Friday (Williams Street Rep), Legends of the 50s & 60s (Chicago Music Theater Works) and Kiss Me Kate (upcoming, Marriott Lincolnshire). A drummer, percussionist, keyboardist and orchestrator of a musically wide range, Justin is currently the music director at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Downers Grove. He also plays with several Chicago-area bands including Piano Man: a Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, Blue Sky: a Tribute to ELO, Prairie Station, and his very own J-Pop project: Kitsune Kono.

Lorenzo Rush Jr.+

Lorenzo Rush Jr.+

Assistant Director

Lorenzo Rush Jr (he/him/his) is an award winning artist, who is elated to be back working with Porchlight. Lorenzo is humbled to be a part of the amazing team that is bringing this work to you. Lorenzo is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and represented by Stewart Talent Agency. For Samantha and Phoebe.

Alejandro Fonseca+

Alejandro Fonseca+

Assistant Choreographer

BIO TBA

Kristina Fluty*

Kristina Fluty*

Intimacy Choreographer

Kristina Fluty (she/her/hers) is pleased to make her Porchlight debut with Spring Awakening. She has worked as an intimacy director/choreographer/consultant at Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, TimeLine, Remy Bumppo, Writer’s, and Center Theatre Group (LA). Kristina’s main creative home since 2003 is Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, a dance company based in Chicago and celebrating 27 years of against-the-grain modern dance. She holds a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, a graduate certificate in Laban Movement Analysis, and is a registered Movement Pattern Analyst. You will always find Kristina working regularly as an Assistant Professor of Movement for Actors at The Theatre School at DePaul University and teaching advanced/professional modern dance across Chicago.

Cast

Ariana Burks*

Ariana Burks*

"Martha"

Ariana Burks (she/her/hers) is so excited to be returning to Porchlight Music Theatre, where she performed in the New Faces Concert, 2009 selection. Film credits include A Spoon of Honey, an independent film that is soon to be released, Beats (Netflix), South Side (Comedy Central), Chicago Med & Chicago Fire (NBC), The Jr. Cuisine Cooking Show (2011 Emmy nomination) and PrankStars (Disney). Theatre credits include Dance Nation (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Urinetown (BoHo Theatre), The Nutcracker (The House Theatre), Hairspray (Paramount Theatre & Drury Lane Oakbrook), Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure (Chicago Children’s Theatre), The Black & White Ball (FWD Theatre), The Compass (Steppenwolf Theatre), Rudolph (Broadway Playhouse), and A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre). Burks was a part of the youth ensemble at Lookingglass Theatre Company for six years, as well as a Goodman Youth Council member for three years. She would like to thank God and her family for all of their love and support.

McKinley Carter*

McKinley Carter*

"The Adult Women"

McKinley Carter (she/her/hers) is grateful to return to live theatre with Porchlight, where she most recently stepped in as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. She was also nominated for a Jeff for Porchlight’s Putting It Together. Other Chicago credits include: Into The Woods, Parade, Writer’s Theatre; Fun Home, Victory Gardens; The Book of Will, Title Of Show, Northlight Theatre; Mama Mia, The Sound Of Music, Ragtime, Drury Lane Theatre; The Merry Widow, Carousel, Lyric Opera; Macbeth, Road Show, Julius Caesar, Sunday In The Park With George, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Blind Date, Turn Of The Century, The Visit, Floyd Collins, Goodman Theatre; The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes, Mercury Theatre; John and Jen, Assassins, Apple Tree Theatre; Forbidden Broadway, Royal George Theatre; Winesburg Ohio, Steppenwolf Theatre; James Joyce’s The Dead, Cymbeline and Pericles, Court Theatre. She’d like to sincerely thank you for continuing to support live theatre and all the artists who make it happen. Keep the Arts alive!

Jack DeCesare+

Jack DeCesare+

"Melchior"

Jack DeCesare (he/him/his) is thrilled to be returning to Porchlight this year.  Credits include productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Porchlight Music Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has most recently appeared in the cast of The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman at The Goodman Theatre.  He has also appeared on NBC’s Chicago Justice, and received a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Isis Elizabeth*

Isis Elizabeth*

"Ensemble" / "Anna" & "Thea" (Stand-by)

Isis Elizabeth (she/her/hers) is excited to be a part of Porchlight’s Production of Spring Awakening. Elizabeth’s most recent credit includes Mimi in RENT with PLT Theater. Other Theater credits include Dorothy in The Wiz with The Emerald City Theater and June in Big Noise Theater’s Chicago! Non-theatrical work includes Film Festival Award Winning Short Muse (2020) and Afterglow (2020). She is a proud alum from The Chicago High School for the Arts and loves creating art with fellow peers.

Desiree Gonzalez*

Desiree Gonzalez*

Ensemble / "Wendla" & "Isle" (Stand-by)

Desiree Gonzalez (she/her/hers) is so excited to be back at Porchlight in one of her favorite musicals! Desiree was last seen preforming new works including I Wanna Fuck Like Romeo and Juliet and Blind Crest (Parallel 45) in Travese City, Michigan. Latest Chicago credits include Tru (Gosz and Fotos); Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein (Lookingglass); The Abuelas (Teatro Vista); New Faces Sing 1975 (Porchlight); Do Re Mi (Porchlight); Bonnie and Clyde of which Desiree was nominated for a Jeff Award (Kokandy Productions); Destiny of Desire and Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre). TV credits include Chicago Fire and several regional commercials. Desiree is a graduate of Carthage College and is proudly represented by Big Mouth Talent and Management by Morgan.

Ryan Michael Hamman+/^

Ryan Michael Hamman+/^

Ensemble / "Otto" & "Ernst" (Stand-by)

Ryan Michael Hamman (he/him/they/them) is elated to return to Porchlight after making their Chicago debut here in Pal Joey. Credits include An Enemy of the People (Goodman Theatre), Avenue Q (Mercury Theatre Chicago), It’s Only a Play (Pride Films and Plays), Next to Normal (Beverly Arts), Joseph, Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore (Music Theatre Works), Peter and the Starcatcher, Into the Woods, A Christmas Carol (Metropolis Performing Arts), Gypsy (Jedlicka), 1776, The Diary of Anne Frank (American Eagle Productions) The Polar Express (Rail Events). All my love and gratitude to my family, friends, and teachers. Special thanks to my husband Matt for their unwavering support! Ryanhamman.com

Maya Lou Hlava*

Maya Lou Hlava*

"Wendla"

Maya Lou Hlava (she/her/hers) is thrilled to be making her official Porchlight debut after being cast as “Ellie” in 2020’s cancelled production of Freaky Friday. Other Chicago credits include The Killing Game and The Nether (A Red Orchid Theatre); Zurich (Steep Theatre); Oklahoma (Marriott Theatre); Violet (Griffin Theater); Trevor (Writers Theatre); White Christmas and Bye Bye Birdie (Drury Lane Theater); Jake’s Women (Spartan Theatre Company); The Secret Garden (Court Theatre); The Talking Cure (Idle Muse Theatre Company); Jane Eyre (Lifeline Theatre);The Wheel (Steppenwolf Theatre); Television Credits include Chicago Med, The Chi, and The Big Leap

Quinn Kelch+

Quinn Kelch+

"Moritz"

Quinn Kelch (he/him/his) is thrilled to be making his Porchlight Music Theatre debut. Quinn is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. in Theatre and a B.A. in Music. Chicago credits include: The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Lookingglass Theatre), The Cat in the Hat (Northbrook Theatre), and The Land of Forgotten Toys(Greenhouse Theatre). Other credits include: American Idiot, James and the Giant Peach, and Hair (Northwestern University). Quinn is represented by Big Mouth Talent.

Maddy Kelly*

Maddy Kelly*

"Thea"

Maddy Kelly (she/her/hers) is thrilled to be making her Porchlight debut. Past credits include “Philia” in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), “Savannah” in Freaky Friday (Williams Street Rep), “Esther Smith” in Meet Me in St. Louis (Edge of the Wood Theatre), and “Anne Frank” in The Diary of Anne Frank (Improv Playhouse). She is a graduate of Northwestern University and represented by Actors Talent Group. maddykellyactor.com

John Marshall Jr.+

John Marshall Jr.+

"Hanschen"

John Marshall Jr. (he/him/his) is thrilled to be back for his fifth show at PMT, where he’s had some of his favorite theatrical experiences. You saw him last as The Hipster in the Jeff Award winning ensemble of Sophisticated Ladies. He was also nominated for his supporting role in Yank: A WWII Love Story (Pride Films and Plays). Some of John’s other theatre credits include: Drury Lane Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Fireside Theatre and Theatre at the Center. “Love to Patrick and a very special thanks to Brenda, for continuing to take a chance on me.”

Drew Mitchell+

Drew Mitchell+

Ensemble / "Melchior" & "Georg" (Stand-by)

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Drew Mitchell (he/him/his) took the opportunity to travel to Chicago to study performance. After graduating from Roosevelt University with a BFA in musical theatre, Drew is excited to hopefully get out in the city and delve into the fields of professional theatre, film, television, and voice-over along his journey. During his downtime, Drew likes to play drums and guitar, ride his skateboard, play video games and make props and costumes from his favorite films. Some of his previous credits include CALL ME MADAM (Porchlight Music Theater), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Roosevelt University) and LITTLE WOMEN (Roosevelt University).

Michael Joseph Mitchell+

Michael Joseph Mitchell+

"The Adult Men"

Chicago theater: The Wizard in The Wizard Of Oz, Sir Davison/Count Bellievre in Mary Stuart (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Will Shakespeare in Elizabeth Rex (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, (Drury Lane Theatre); Signs Of Life-The Musical (Snap-Two/Victory Gardens); Assassination Theater (Museum of Broadcast Communications); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice (First Folio Theatre); The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Underneath the Lintel (City Lit Theater Company). Regional theater: Asolo Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, BoarsHead Theater, Colonial Theatre. Film: Francis Bacon, Falsely Accused, Olive Park, Scrooge & Marley. Television: Chicago Fire. Education: Drake University; National Theater Institute; Théâtre des Amandiers, France. Michael Joseph Mitchell (he/him/his) is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Juwon Tyrel Perry+

Juwon Tyrel Perry+

"Georg" / "Hanschen" (Stand-by)

Juwon Tyrel Perry (he/him/his) is beyond eager to be a part of this show with such an amazing group of artists. Juwon is a multidisciplinary artist who blurs the lines between stage, screen, page, and music. He is a recent graduate of The ACADEMY at Black Box Acting and earned his undergraduate degree in Musical Theater Performance from Columbia College Chicago. Some of his theatrical credits include: Chicago Sings Rock & Roll, and New Faces Sing 1941 (Porchlight Music Theatre) Ragtime (Music Theatre Works), Madagascar (Marriott Theatre), Ragtime and Mlima’s Tale (Griffin Theatre), Sugar In Our Wounds (First Floor), At The Wake of A Dead Drag Queen (Story Theatre), The View Upstairs (Circle Theatre) 2B423 (Chicago Shakespeare). Love galor to his guardian angels, his support team and the Shirley Ham Fam.
Kevin James Sievert+

Kevin James Sievert+

"Otto" / "Moritz" (Stand-by)

Kevin James Sievert (he/him/his) is a professional Wisconsin based actor, singer and musician making his Porchlight debut. His other regional credits include; “Seymour” in Little Shop of Horrors (Skylight Music Theatre), “Little Moe” in Five Guys Named More (Skylight Music Theatre), and The Balladeer in The Gospel at Colonus (Skylight Music Theatre).

Kelan M. Smith+

Kelan M. Smith+

"Ernst"

Kelan Smith (he/him/his) hails from western Wisconsin and is a proud Columbia College Chicago alum. He is over the moon to be back at Porchlight in one of his dream shows! Much love to everyone who supports him and the wonderful Porchlight family. Chicago/Regional: Pump Boys and Dinettes and New Faces Sing Broadway 1987  (Porchlight Music Theatre), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Timber Lake Playhouse) Verböten (The House Theatre), Bright Star (Boho Theatre), Haymarket (Underscore Theatre), We’re Gonna Die (Haven Theatre), The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party (Chicago Children’s Theatre), That’s Weird,  Grandma (Playmakers Laboratory). www.kelanmsmith.com

Sydney Monet Swanson^/*

Sydney Monet Swanson^/*

"Anna" / "Martha" (Stand-by)

Sydney Monet Swanson (they/she) is a non-binary, autistic, actor born and raised in  the Chicagoland area. They are very excited to be making their  return to the theatre in her first Porchlight production. You may have  last seen Her as ‘Noelle’ in the world premier of Eleanor’s Very  Merry Christmas Wish, but may not recognize them as a lot has  changed since then! They are ecstatic to be a part of such a poignant  piece of theatre and hopes it touches you the way it does them. She  would like to thank the entire Spring Awakening team and  Porchlight music theatre for this experience. She hopes you enjoy  the show!

Tiffany Taylor*

Tiffany Taylor*

"Isle"

Tiffany Taylor (she/her/hers) has starred in Porchlight: New Faces Sing Broadway 1964, Chicago Sings Rock and Roll Broadway. Regional: Cinderella (Paramount Theatre), Grease (Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire), Head Over Heels (Kokandy Productions), Spring Awakening (Blank Theatre Company), Christmas Mubarak (Silk Road Rising), A Man of No Importance (Pride Films and Plays). Film: 1 Up (Lionsgate), Let Go (Watercolour LLC). Represented by DDO Artists Agency. BFA Musical Theatre: Chicago College of Performing Arts @ Roosevelt University. Mahal kita mom, mahal kita lola, thank you for everything.

Genevieve Thiers*

Genevieve Thiers*

Female Adult Stand-by

Genevieve Thiers (she/her/hers) is a playwright and performer that lives in Chicago. As a performer, she has sung and acted with numerous New York and Chicago companies, among them Chicago Lyric Opera (Praskovia, The Merry Widow,) Goodman Theatre (Dinah, Trouble in Tahiti,) Porchlight Theatre (Older Belle, Little Me,) NY Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, American Chamber Opera, OperaModa, Elgin Opera and Chicago Chamber Opera. In addition to work in film, Thiers’s straight acting work includes engagements at Theatre D in Deerfield (Pat O’Neil/When the Fat Lady Sings) and, in Chicago, at Fury Theater (Antonia/Much Ado About Nothing), On the Spot Theater  (Only You Could Think That), and understudy work at Lookingglass Theatre. Her written works include Backwards in Heels, Anna Russell: A Visitation and a new musical called Everly Yours, written with composer Mischa Zupko.  She is a member of the Chicago Dramatists Playwright circle.

Anthony Whitaker+/^

Anthony Whitaker+/^

Adult Male Stand-by

Anthony Whitaker (he/him/they/them) is happy to be returning to Porchlight, after having appeared in A Funny Thing Happened… as Erronius. He is the Co-Artistic Director and founder of the New American Folk Theatre (Newamericanfolktheatre.org). Most recently they performed in La Cage Aux Folles with Ginger Minj (Music Theatre Works). Some of his favorite Chicago performances include  Whoop Dee Doo (Royal George Theatre), Hands On A Hardbody (Refuge Theatre), and Cabaret (Cowardly Scarecrow Productions). In addition to performing, Anthony teaches music and theatre in various Chicago area schools.

Production Staff

Richard Strimer+

Production Stage Manager

BIO TBA

Caitlin Body*

Assistant Stage Manager

BIO TBA

Peyton Cooper*

Assistant Stage Manager

BIO TBA

Andrea Enger*

Assistant Stage Manager

Andrea Egner (she/her/hers) is happy to be working with Porchlight Music Theatre for the second time after working with them on Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. Some of their credits include Southern Gothic at Windy City Playhouse, Picnic at American Theatre Company, and Good Friday at Oracle Productions. They have also worked with About Face Theatre on This Bitter Earth, Bull in a China Shop, and Significant Other. They have a BA in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago.

Chris Rhoton+

Scenic Designer

Christopher Rhoton (he/him/his) is delighted to be back at Porchlight for another production. Christopher is a freelance designer based in Chicago. Upcoming productions include Skates: the Musical at the Studebaker Theatre, and Heist at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Christopher worked as a Set Designer on AppleTV’s upcoming series The Shining Girls, and he is currently working on a new television series for Peacock TV called Poker Face. Recent theatre productions include Raisin at Skylight Music Theatre, Kinky Boots at the Paramount Theatre and The World Goes ‘Round at the Marriott Theatre. Other Porchlight productions include Billy Elliott and End of the Rainbow. Christopher was the Associate Scenic Designer for the West End production of The Prince of Egypt in London and was also the Associate Scenic Designer for the Hollywood Bowl production of Into the Woods. For more information, visit www.Christopher-Rhoton.com.

Bill Morey+

Costume Designer

Bill Morey (he/him/his) is a Chicago based costume designer whose working relationship with Porchlight goes back 20 years and 30 productions. He is the recipient of four Jeff Awards and two After Dark Awards. Bill is a proud member of the of United Scenic Artists 829.

Patrick Chan+

Lighting Designer

Patrick Chan (he/him/his) is delighted to design his first show for Porchlight Music Theatre. He has been the resident lighting designer at the WagonWheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, IN, for the past 28 years and has worked at other regional theaters in Chicago, NY and Atlanta. A graduate of the MFA design program at Northwestern University, his lighting designs have enhanced numerous events for corporate clients, special live and televised events including McDonald’s, Mercedes Benz, Abbott Labs, Jim Beam, the opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies of the AIBA World Boxing Championships, the Ryder Cup, NFL Honors amongst others.

Matthew R. Chase+

Production Manager

Matthew R. Chase (he/him/his) is a Chicago-based Theatrical Sound Designer and Production Manager. Recent credits include: Sound Design of Who’s Holiday (Theater Wit), Nunsense (Porchlight Music Theatre) Anyone Can Whistle, Cooking with Bubbie & Veronica’s Room (Skokie Theatre), Gigi’s Party (Yellow Rose Theatre), 9 to 5 & Mama Mia (Golden Ticket Productions). Production Manager for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Who’s Holiday & Hurricane Diane (Theater Wit). Audio Engineer for Pump Boys & Dinettes (Porchlight Music Theatre), Princess and the Pea (Marriott Theatre).

Jonathan Berg-Einhorn+

Properties Designer

Jonathan Berg-Einhorn (he/him/his) is a Chicago based designer and artisan. Scenic Design:Isaac’s Eye (Redtwist), Who Killed Joan Crawford? (Glitterati Productions), Alice in Wonderland, The ARC Trials (Mudlark Theatre); Curious George: The Golden Meatball (Hope Summer Repertory Theater); Brooke Astor’s Last Affair (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), The Seven Deadly Sins, Endgame (Boston University). Prop Design: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Citadel)Mr. Dicken’s Hat (Northlight); Mr. Burns, Teenage Dick (Theater Wit); Haymarket (Underscore Theatre); Something Clean, Scientific Method, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); HeLa, The Ridiculous Darkness (Sideshow Theatre); Sheepdog, Hannah and Martin (Shattered Globe Theatre);Twice, Thrice, Frice (Silk Road Rising); Elephant Man, Bomber’s Moon (William Street Rep); I Know My Own Heart (Pride Films and Plays). Jonathanbergeinhorn.com.

Rachel West*

Lighting Supervisor

Rachel West (she/her/hers) has been serving as the lighting supervisor for Porchlight since 2016. She has designed the Porchlight Revisits productions of 1776, Can-Can, Minnie’s Boys and Call Me Madam and more recently the Porchlight Palooza virtual fundraiser. She is a Chicago-area native and a graduate of Boston University. Rachel proudly volunteers for the Maine-Niles Association for Special Recreation, teaching theatre for individuals with special needs.

Jaime Silverman*

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jaime Silverman (she/her/hers) is a Costume Design M.F.A. candidate at Tulane University. At Tulane she costume designed Eclipsed for her thesis show as well as co-costume designed She Kills Monsters with Stephanie Dixon. During her undergrad at Clark University, she designed The Little Mermaid which won the U. S. Institute Theatre Technology Meritorious Award as well as Honorable Mention at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 1. Most Recently she was Wardrobe Supervisor for Blues in the Night at Porchlight.

Jamie Davis^

Audio Supervisor & Engineer

Jamie Davis (they/them/theirs) is the Audio Supervisor & Engineer for Porchlight’s Spring Awakening. Credits include: Porchlight: Sophisticated Ladies, Sunset Boulevard, A Chorus Line, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and select Revisits. Chicago: How the Hell Did I Get Here(Greenhouse Theater Center), 110 in the Shade (BoHo), Chicago Dance Center. Regional: A Wonderful World (Miami New Drama), Ghosts (Williamstown Theater Festival. Jamie is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

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