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Jeannie took the helm as Porchlight’s first Executive Director in September 2014. She is a founding member of Porchlight’s board of directors, and served as president for six of her many years on the board. An integral member of the company since its inception, Jeannie held the positions of marketing director, grant writer and managing director in the early all-volunteer-staff years. She has helped lead Porchlight from this unique perspective of both the staff and board sides, continuing to drive organizational growth, brand expansion and fiscal sustainability. Prior to joining the staff at Porchlight, Jeannie co-founded Bespoke Cuisine, one of Chicago’s leading boutique catering and cooking party venues, which she co-owned for 12 years before selling in 2014. Prior to Bespoke, Jeannie built a 15-year career in marketing communications, much of it spent in association management. Her most recent position in that field was as Managing Director of Marketing Communications for the National Association of Realtors, with over 1 million members. Jeannie holds a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional designation through FMA. She is a native Michigander and graduate of Michigan State University, as well as an extensive world traveler, avid foodie and dog lover.

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Porchlight Music Theatre's First Executive Director Jeannie Lukow to Depart

Porchlight Music Theatre has revealed the departure of its first executive director Jeannie Lukow at the end of the 2023-2024 season this August.
Tickets Go On Sale This Week For CHICAGO SINGS BROADWAY POP II

 Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 15 for Chicago Sings Broadway Pop II, the return of its annual fundraising concert, Monday, April 15, at the House of Blues Chicago.
Reporter's Notebook: Preview of Porchlight ICONS: Celebrating Ben Vereen

Here’s some excerpts from my conversation with Porchlight Music Theatre Executive Director Jeannie Lukow about what audiences can expect from this year’s ICONS event, what’s coming up next season for Porchlight, and her hopes for the company’s future.
Tickets now on sale for PORCHLIGHT ICONS: CELEBRATING BEN VEREEN AND PAUL LISNEK

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre announces Porchlight ICONS: Celebrating Ben Vereen, Friday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Center, 2936 N. Southport Ave.
Tickets on Sale for Porchlight's ICONS GALA Honoring Ben Vereen and Paul Lisnek

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre announced last night at Chicago Sings Broadway Pop that the 2023 ICONS Gala, Porchlight’s signature fundraising event, will be held Friday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago at Water Tower Place, 160 E. Pearson St.
Photos: Porchlight Music Theatre Honors Donna McKechnie at ICONS Gala

Porchlight Music Theatre was joined by nearly 200 people to launch its 28th season, honor the 2022 ICON Award recipient, one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies, Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie,  present The Luminary Award to Dan Ratner and The Genevieve and Daniel Ratner Foundation and raise funds for its artistic and educational programs. Check out photos!
Donna McKechnie Announced as Porchlight Music Theatre 2022 ICON Award Recipient

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre has announced this year’s recipient of the ICON Award is one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies, Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie.
Photos: Porchlight Music Theatre's CHICAGO SINGS STEPHEN SONDHEIM Breaks Previous Records

Porchlight Music Theatre’s annual fundraising concert Chicago Sings celebrated the American theatre titan Stephen Sondheim at Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim, held Monday, May 23 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Check out photos from the event here!
Porchlight's 2022 CHICAGO SINGS Concert Honors The Legendary Stephen Sondheim, May 23

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim, its annual fundraising concert,  Monday, May 23, 2022 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. 
Photos: Porchlight Music Theatre Honors Chita Rivera & More at 2021 ICONS Gala

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre celebrated 26 years as the center for music theatre in Chicago, honored actor, singer, dancer Chita Rivera with The ICON Award, Rick and Deann Bayless and the Bayless Family Foundation with the Luminary Award and Latino business and civic leaders as 2021 Scene Changers at its 2021 ICONS Gala.
Chita Rivera to be Honored at Porchlight Music Theatre's 2021 ICONS Gala

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that actor, singer, dancer Chita Rivera will be honored with The ICON Award and Rick and Deann Bayless and the Bayless Family Foundation will be presented with the Luminary Award at the 2021 ICONS Gala celebrating 26 years of Porchlight as the center for music theatre in Chicago.
Carmen J. Gonzalez Announced as Development Director of Porchlight Music Theatre

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that Carmen J. Gonzalez has joined the Porchlight staff as development director. In this role Gonzalez will refine a structure for effective fundraising and relationship-building to help meet the organization’s current and future contributed needs in a sustainable and engaging way. 
Porchlight Music Theatre's PorchlightPalooza Was A Success!

Porchlight Music Theatre held PorchlightPalooza, a three-day virtual festival Friday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 23,  in lieu of its cancelled March 23 ICONS GALA.
Porchlight Music Theatre Announces 2020 - 2021 Season Update

Porchlight Music Theatre announced today that its 2020 - 2021 season has been postponed to 2021 - 2022. Due to the unknowns that currently exist concerning the pandemic and reopening guidelines, Porchlight will be moving its scheduled 2020 - 2021 season productions to the 2021 - 2022 season. 
Porchlight Music Theatre Postpones ICONS Gala Honoring Joel Grey Until Further Notice

Porchlight Music Theatre announced today that its 25th Anniversary ICONS Gala honoring Broadway legend Joel Grey scheduled for Monday, March 23, at the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St. has been postponed.
Porchlight Music Theatre Postpones ICONS Gala Honoring Joel Grey Until Further Notice

Porchlight Music Theatre announced today that its 25th Anniversary ICONS Gala honoring Broadway legend Joel Grey scheduled for Monday, March 23, at the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St. has been postponed. 
Arlen D. Rubin and Elaine Cohen Rubin Will Join Joel Grey in Being Honored at Porchlight Music Theatre's ICONS Gala

Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin will be honored with The Luminary Award at the ICONS Gala celebrating 25 years of Porchlight as the center for music theatre in Chicago, Monday, March 23, at the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St. The Chicago-based couple will join Broadway legend Joel Grey who will be in attendance to receive the ICON Award at the 2020 ICONS Gala with proceeds benefiting Porchlight's artistic and youth education programs.
Porchlight Announces Rebeccah Singer As First Full-Time Education Director

Porchlight Music Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebeccah Singer as the company's first full-time education director. Singer begins immediately overseeing Porchlight's education, intern and outreach programs. These programs offer an educational and personal growth environment where youth, professionals and fans from across Chicago may create, practice, perform and appreciate the unique music theatre art form. 
Joel Grey Will Receive ICON Award at Porchlight Music Theatre's 25th Anniversary ICONS Gala

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that actor, singer, dancer, director and photographer Joel Grey will be honored at the 2020 ICONS Gala celebrating 25 years of Porchlight as the center for music theatre in Chicago, Monday, March 23, at the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St. The ICONS Gala's 25th Anniversary co-chairs are Rick and Deann Bayless and Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra.
Photo Flash: Porchlight Kicks Off Season With CHICAGO SINGS

Porchlight Music Theatre's 25th anniversary season began with the 14th Annual Chicago Sings concert: Chicago Sings 25 Years of Porchlight, Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., at The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave, directed by Christopher Pazdernik and Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by David Fiorello and a band featuring Kelsey Boltz, Cara Hartz, John McCreary, Greg Strauss, Celeste Park and Jake Saleh.

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