About Us

Mission Statement

Pop Magic is a company that creates original theatrical work, which fall at the intersection of all the arts. At Pop Magic, we strive to bring artists of different backgrounds and disciplines together to create a diverse community of collaborators. Pop Magic shows are developed using a devising process 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.


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. 


Ariana Silvan-Grau
(Director of Marketing / Co-Founder)

Ariana Silvan-Grau is a Spanish-American actor / devisor happily migrated from NYC to the midwest. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she majored in Theatre and Anthropology.
While working in marketing was never something she expected, Ariana is happy to be putting her outgoing personality and friendly nature to good use. Since moving to Chicago in late 2016, Ariana has worked with American Theater Company as their Audience Service Apprentice & Marketing Fellow, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble as their Social Media Coordinator, and is currently the Marketing Coordinator for About Face Theatre. 

Artistic Associates

Steph Vondell

Nire Nah

Caitlin Shantz

Mary Kate Young

Cassie Bowers

Electra Tremulis

Mary Iris Loncto

Kelly Anderson

Gina Marie Hayes

Denise Yvette Serna