porch light Music Theatre announced Aug. 28 the appointment of Jeannie Lukow as the organization’s first executive director, effective September 2.
Lukow, a founding member of Porchlight Music Theatre’s Board of Directors and its president for the past six years, was co-owner of Bespoke Cuisine for the last 12 years after transitioning from a 15-year career in marketing communication and association management.
“Jeannie has been intrinsically associated with Porchlight Music Theatre since the formation of the company, serving on the board, on committees and as our board president,” said Artistic Director Michael Weber.
“A successful Chicago entrepreneur in her own right, the opportunity to have this particular person with her passion for music theatre, possessing the perfect combination of business acumen and historical Porchlight knowledge, makes her the perfect candidate to serve as our company’s first executive director.”
Lukow has led many initiatives during her tenure as president, including the hiring of Weber as artistic director, expansion of Porchlight’s mainstage and other artistic programming, creation of a new five-year strategic plan, increases in subscriptions and ticket revenues, the development of The School at Porchlight and the move to a new business location that encompasses administrative offices, fully functioning scenic and costumes shops and the building of multiple rehearsal studios to be utilized by visiting companies, businesses and Porchlight.
“It has been so rewarding to be a part of this company over the last two decades,” Lukow said. “It’s clearly such a passion for me and this new opportunity came at just the right time, personally and professionally. I’m excited to finally devote my full focus to Porchlight Music Theatre and to bring my experience in not-for-profit management and small business leadership at a very transitional time for the organization.
“As we begin an exciting 20th Anniversary season, I look forward to working with Michael and the team to build on the theatre’s wonderful legacy.”
Porchlight Music Theatre, currently entering its 20th season, is nationally recognized for developing innovative new works, reimagining classic productions and showcasing musical theatre’s noted veterans and rising stars. More information about the organization and its upcoming performances is found at www.porchlightmusictheatre.org.