Michelle Lauto

Michelle is so excited to be able to share her love of theatre with the kids at Porchlight Music Theatre. She moved to Chicago from New York City almost five years ago to study comedy at The Second City Training Center. She is a graduate of their conservatory where she became well-versed in sketch writing and improvising before diving back into her first love of Musical Theatre. Michelle has taught at Emerald City Children’s Theatre here in Chicago and at the acclaimed New York Children’s Theatre, The Broadway Workshop.  Recent performance credits include Spamilton (The Royal George), In The Heights (Porchlight Music Theatre), Xanadu (American Theater Co.), 35mm (Circle Theatre), The Boy From Oz (Jeff Nominated-Best Supporting Actress; Pride Films & Plays), and Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago).

Aaron Thacker-Woodruff

Aaron, a recent transplant to the wonderful city of Chicago, is a seasoned performer, director and educator. Aaron holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Sam Houston State University and a MFA in Musical Theatre History & Direction from Tulane University. Aaron began performing at the age of six as a part of the Houston Boys Choir where he discovered his passion for music and performance.  His more recent regional performances include:  Artie Green in Sunset Boulevard, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Patrick Dennis in Mame and Emcee in Cabaret.  He also originated the role of Joey LaRose in Let Freedom Swing! at the National World War II Museum and was featured in the Tim Burton produced film, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. One of his most memorable performance experiences was dancing and singing with Kristin Chenoweth for the grand opening of the Oklahoma City Civic Center. Aaron’s professional directing and choreography credits include Grease, Some Enchanted Evening, Once Upon a Mattress and 13.  While teaching within the New Orleans City Schools, he staged and directed numerous musical revues. In Chicago he has facilitated programs at Emerald City Theatre, Metropolis School of the Performing Arts and currently works in three partner schools for ChiME/Chicago Center for Music Education

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