Staff & Educators

  • Ryan

    Ryan Pifher

    Artistic Director, ryan@porchlightproductions.org Ryan founded Porch Light Productions in April of 2005 and has worked as an actor, producer, director, writer, and technical engineer for over ten years. He holds degrees from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and The New School University, both located in New York City. Ryan's work has been showcased all across the United States and has appeared in many Off-Broadway, television, and film productions. Ryan's work was also chosen to perform for a Prejudice Education Festival sponsored by the governor of New Jersey.

  • Jenn

    Jenn Pifher

    Managing Director, jenn@porchlightproductions.org
    Jenn oversees creative marketing and manages the day-to-day operations for PLP. She is also the owner and creative director of Porch Light Media, a web and graphics firm. Prior to joining forces with Ryan Pifher in the ownership of Porch Light, Jenn held executive positions in various areas of the performing arts. As the Campaign Manager for the Allied Arts Fund, Jenn raised money and awareness for over 30 arts organization in Central PA (including the youth ballet, theatre, symphony & others). Jenn was also the Director of Marketing & Communications for an 800-seat performing arts center in Hanover, PA. During this time, she managed marketing, advertising and graphic design for over 35 annual performances, three fundraising events and three children’s performing arts programs. Jenn is an active volunteer in the community and serves on committees for several local events.

  • Jon

    Jon Provan

    Senior Musical Director / Voice & Instrumental InstructorJON PROVAN is a theatrical writer and musical director from Caldwell, NJ. His song cycle Coming Of Age (book/music/lyrics) enjoyed a sold-out run at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He is the Senior Musical Director at Porch Light Productions in Glen Rock, NJ, where he has worked on dozens of shows since 2009. He received the 2013 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Music Direction (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and the 2014 Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Musical (Stage Fright, music/lyrics). Jon has written hundreds of songs for theatre, rock bands, and film scores, including the full soundtrack for “New Comic Day,” an upcoming feature-length motion picture (Saturday Pictures, Jupiter, FL).

  • Brad

    Brad McMurray

    Musical Director / Voice & Instrumental Instructor Bradley McMurray has been working as an accompanist and teacher for 9 years. He studied Classical Piano and Voice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he received a BM in Music Education. Bradley has worked hard at educating students of all ages throughout his music career, teaching Band, Choir, General Music, and Private instrument lessons at different school locations across the Tri State Area. Bradley has always had a love for music in the theatre. He was featured in multiple roles in high school as well as playing piano for other productions. He recently performed the role of Archibald Craven in the Hexagon Players production of Secret Garden. Bradley was part of the Eastman School of Music's select choir (Chorale) which performed large scale works for orchestra and choir and travelled to perform at different choir festivals and performances, including a concert version of Howard Hanson's Merry Mount at Carnegie Hall. Bradley has had many opportunities to work with different groups of singers. He has conducted/accompanied multiple school choirs, church choirs, and show choirs. He also works with singers one on one in coaching's and in recital. Bradley's love for music spans across all different types of music and he has experience performing and teaching in many styles including, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Pop, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre.

  • Kevin

    Kevin Milnes

    Musical Director/Voice & Piano Instructor/Choreographer Kevin is happy to be back east after a few years in Denver and Phoenix. He has worked as an actor and director across the country in regional theaters and has been seen Off-Broadway and on television and film. Kevin studied Theatre Performance at Wagner College in New York and is also a composer for musical theatre. He has taught private voice and piano in his personal studio in New York and Colorado as well as at the Loveland Academy of Music. In Phoenix, he worked with the the Phoenix Center for the Arts as an acting, music, and dance instructor for youth. Currently he is also teaching at The Rock Underground in Greenwood Lake, NY. He is thrilled to be part of the team at Porchlight!

  • Paige

    Paige Kiliany

    Teaching Artist/Director/Choreographer Paige is a director and choreographer who has worked professionally in New York, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh and Houston. She grew up performing in musicals and holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. Her professional credits as an assistant include the original production of the Sheryl Crow/Barry Levinson musical Diner, The Threepenny Opera, The Lady from Dubuque, Jekyll and Hyde and many others. She is a recipient of the 2014 Kurt Weill/Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Fellowship and an Associate Member of the SDC. Paige was also named one of Houston Press' 2014 Top 100 Creatives and received nominations for Best Director for the 2015 Broadway World-Houston Awards as well as the 2016 Houston Theater Awards. She has worked with children of all ages and is passionate about arts education.

  • Nicole

    Nicole Lippey

    Teaching Artist/Director/Voice Instructor Nicole is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a BA in Theatre Performance. She also graduated from Stella Adler’s Conservatory program in June, 2016. While studying, Nicole taught theatre at a Fine Arts High School in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. There, she directed their school’s acting and musical theatre showcase. Nicole has worked as a voice instructor, acting and musical teacher at New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts and Theatre Next Door. Nicole has directed various children shows; Seussical, Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz, Snowbiz and various showcases. Nicole also has her own Theatre Company based in New York City, A Work of Heart Productions. Through A Work of Heart, Nicole produces, directs and performs in her own concerts at 54 Below and The Metropolitan Room with Broadway and off Broadway singers. Nicole’s life’s passion is teaching, directing and producing theatre and she is honored to be joining the Porch Light Team!

  • Mary

    Mary Mather

    Teaching Artist/Director/Musical Director A recent transplant from LA, by way of Atlanta, Mary Mather has been teaching and performing for over a decade. With a Masters in Music from Oklahoma City University, she has been an instructor at award winning programs including: STAGES Performing Arts Academy, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Discovery Onstage, Serenbe Playhouse, and Glendale Center Theatre. Mary has also directed, music directed, and/or choreographed numerous fully mounted and black box productions, some her favorites being Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Annie Get Your Gun, Little Shop of Horrors, and City of Angels. Past performances include Follies (Young Sally), RENT (Featured Soloist and Dancer), Parade (Essie), Oklahoma (Laurie), and Into the Woods (Cinderella). Mary is very excited to join the team at Porch Light this fall!

  • Stevie

    Stevie Elle

    Teaching Artist/Director/Choreographer Stevie is a Colorado native with a degree in musical theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. For the past decade she has been consistently working with children and adults alike in full scale musicals, cabarets, acting workshops, and private dance. Some favorite credits include; Razia’s Shadow (Thriftshop Productions), Fame! (JCC of Bayonne), and West Side Story (Van Horn Performance Theatre).

  • Katie

    Katie Corcoran

    Teaching Assistant/Front Office Katie graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, studying Communications and Theatre Studies. She has worked on many productions on the stage management team, including Into the Woods, Assassins, and Avenue Q. She currently performs in community theatre in the North Jersey area, and directs middle school students in a One Acts festival. She also has taught theatre enrichment, worked birthday parties and summer camps, and oversees middle school drama/improv club. She is very passionate about theatre arts education and is thrilled to be able to live it every day at Porch Light!

  • Madi

    Madi Kuder

    Teaching Assistant/Front Office/Production Assistant Madi is thrilled to be a member of the team! She has studied dance for 12 years and has experience in various areas of theatre production, including set design, costume design, sound as well as choreography. Teaching/production credits include Peter Pan Jr (Choreographer/Sound Technician), Lion King Jr (Set Designer), High School Musical (Costume Designer). Recent performing credits include Tituba (The Crucible), Mr. Darbus (High School Musical) and a featured dancer in Beauty and The Beast.