Olivia Lilley

I believe in promoting independent thinking as well as active listening. I promote mutual respect and peership thinking. I specialize in forming generative collectives and building systems of mutual aid and support.

Olivia Lilley is a playwright, director, deviser, and producer who came up in Chicago’s DIY scene. She uses a devised process to create and develop her plays that she’s been honing since 2013. Olivia’s work often ransacks classics (films, plays, novels) or non fiction with a collective and builds a new story for the current moment. Olivia fights American perfectionism by telling stories about complex and messy characters, subverting tropes, and giving alternate endings to women who are traditionally tragic. She often collaborates with choreographer Kelly Anderson. Olivia is Artistic Director of Prop Thtr. She was the founding Artistic Director of The Runaways Lab Theatre (Voted Best New Theatre Company in the Chicago Reader’s Best of 2014) and currently sits on their advisory board. She’s an Artistic Associate at Pivot Arts, and she’s curated at The Museum of Contemporary Art. She’s the Creative Director of Pop Magic Productions. Olivia’s feature screenplay “The Snowpeople” was selected for Full Spectrum Features Producers’ Lab 2020. Her short “Amanda” was a Semifinalist for Camera Ambassador’s Community Builders Grant. Olivia attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama for Directing, and Interlochen Arts Academy for Music Composition.

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