Carrie Kaufman
  • Carrie Kaufman

Former PerformInk publisher and editor Carrie Kaufman is the new general manager at Porchlight Music Theatre, effective today. Kaufman took over PerformInk in 1992, ultimately turning it into an online-only publication with dreams of going national. That didn’t work out; Kaufman says she stopped posting stories on the PerformInk website in the summer of 2011 and halted the site’s once-vital audition notices at the end of last year. ReelChicago publisher Ruth Ratny has taken over the PerformInk brand.

The new GM says she’s a longtime Porchlight fan, further impressed when Michael Weber came on as artistic director last year. Porchlight, in its 18th season, has full-time staff of just three, and is a resident company at Stage 773.

Kaufman’s never run a theater company, but—after decades of reporting on Chicago’s theater landscape—has an encyclopedic knowledge of the business. It’ll be interesting to see how that translates.