Porchlight Music Theatre
Porchlight Music Theatre is a professional theatre company in Chicago, Illinois that has won numerous Joseph Jefferson Awards in its 23-year history presenting musical productions. The company has come to embody the slogan "american musicals. chicago style."
Its initial production in 1995 was the premiere of Women Who Love Science Too Much by K.R. Cahill and directed by William Eric Bramlett.
In 2010, Michael Weber took over artistic direction. Weber previously served as artistic director for the inaugural season of Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place (now the Broadway Playhouse) and at Theatre at the Center (1998-2004). 
During the 2016-2017 season, the theatre attracted record attendance with its staging of In the Heights. This production changed the face of the company and helped the company move to the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, in Chicago's Gold Coast. 
New Faces Sing Broadway Series
Porchlight created this revue series which runs for one to two nights. It is an audience-interactive event that encompasses the 'hits and misses' of a given year on Broadway. The night is emceed by a local theatre star and showcases ten rising music theatre talents. 
Porchlight Revisits Series
Since 2013, the company has staged series' of 'lost' musicals in concert. There are three of these productions per season. Each production runs for three nights. Before each performance, there is a "Behind the Show Backstory" multimedia presentation by Artistic Director Michael Weber explaining the history of the production. There are also post-show talks offered as well. 
The School at Porchlight
Since 2014, the company has offered children and professional artists the opportunity to pursue training in singing, dancing, acting, and writing. It is an environment where working artists can practice and create with other artists. It provides scholarship events and offers summer camps and school-year programming for local teachers. Porchlight also offers rehearsal space to rent out. 
Porchlight Music Theatre has received a total of 42 Jeff Awards and 139 Jeff Award nominations. They have additionally received 7 Black Theatre Alliance awards and 22 Black Theatre Alliance nominations.
Below are the productions that have won an Equity Joseph Jefferson Award and the season in which it was won.
|2012-2013||A Class Act|
|2014-2015||Sondheim on Sondheim|
|2016-2017||The Scottsboro Boys|
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- "Porchlight's 'In the Heights' ablaze with emotional fireworks". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
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- "Porchlight Revisits | Porchlight Music Theatre". Porchlight Music Theatre. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
- "The School at Porchlight | Porchlight Music Theatre". Porchlight Music Theatre. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
- "About Us | Porchlight Music Theatre". Porchlight Music Theatre. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
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