About Us

Mission Statement

Pop Magic is a company that creates original stage and film work with a cross disciplinary approach. At Pop Magic, we strive to bring artists of different perspectives and artistic practices together to create a diverse community of collaborators. Pop Magic projects are developed using processes that allows for our performers to have a voice in the story and characters while they evolve. Pop refers to finding the relate-ability in every story. Magic refers to searching for exciting, innovative ways to tell those stories.

Photo by Collin Quinn Rise

Photo by Collin Quinn Rise

Olivia Lilley
(Creative Director / Co-Founder)

Olivia Lilley is an Iranian-Irish American director, writer, and producer. Her work runs the gamut from irreverent takes on classic texts (Faust: Save me or I’ll die, Friedrich Schiller Writes The Robbers) to dance theatre biographies (The Party House, In Sarah’s Shadow) to new plays that tackle contemporary intersectional issues (Mary Shelley Sees The Future, Expectations for little mixed girls) Olivia is the founding Artistic Director of The Runaways Lab Theatre (Voted Best New Theatre Company in The Chicago Reader’s Best Of 2014). Olivia is the head of Pop Magic Productions, an Artistic Associate with Pivot Arts, and the Artistic Director of The Prop Thtr (beginning March 2018). Olivia received her BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy for Music Composition. 


Artistic Associates

Nire Nah

Caitlin Shantz

Mary Kate Young

Electra Tremulis

Mary Iris Loncto

Jeannette Gomes

Kelly Anderson

Lucky Stiff

Chelsea Turner

Denise Yvette Serna