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

Photo by Talus Films

Photo by Talus Films

Olivia Lilley (she/her)

(Creative Director)

Olivia Lilley is an American director, writer, and producer. Her work runs the gamut from irreverent takes on classic texts (Faust: Save me or I’ll die, Neverland) to dance theatre biographies (The Party House, In Sarah’s Shadow) to new plays that tackle contemporary intersectional issues (Mary Shelley Sees The Future, The Winter & The Whiskey, 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. Olivia received her BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy for Music Composition. 

Harley Foos (they/them)

(Director of Film Division)

Harley Foos is a Chicago-based filmmaker who is passionate about narrative comedy and music videos. They are a graduate of Oberlin College, where they "majored in Cinema Studies" but spent most of their time putting on comedy shows and singing in a punk band. Following a yearlong stint at Full Spectrum Features, they are currently freelancing as a producer/director (and associated on-set positions). Their no-budget black comedy web series Tha Park premiered at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, was a daily pick on Stareable.com, and a top-10 narrative finalist for the Film Fund. They are currently in post-production for two music videos as part of a project by local 5-piece Blacker Face supported by a grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). As the director of the film division at Pop Magic, their mission is to provide a platform for new film work to be seen and supported. They are particularly interested in DIY filmmaking and cross-disciplinary works. They are also producing Pop Magic's upcoming feature film The Snowpeople. 

Artistic Associates

Nire Nah (she/her)

Caitlin Shantz (she/her)

Nina D’Angier (she/her, they/them)

Mary Kate Young (she/her)

Claire Jade Wong (they/them)

Electra Tremulis (she/her)

X Xourias (they/them)

Mary Iris Loncto (she/her)

Jeannette Gomes (she/her)

Kelly Anderson (she/her)

Lucky Stiff (they/them)

Alec Phan (he/him)

Chelsea Turner (she/her)

Denise Yvette Serna (she/her)

Greg Stephen Reigh (he/him)