56. INTERVIEW: Olivia Lilley


In this episode, Sam and Sarah get the opportunity to chat with playwright, director, deviser and artistic director of Prop Theater — Olivia Lilley!

Olivia Lilley is a playwright, director, and deviser 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 classic literature or nonfiction with a collective and builds a new story for the current moment. Part Mary Zimmerman, Part John Cassavettes, Olivia’s work is actor centric while also boldly multidisciplinary. 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 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. Olivia attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama for Directing, and Interlochen Arts Academy for Music Composition.


To learn more about Olivia Lilley and her work, check her New Play Exchange at newplayexchange.org/users/10813/olivia-lilley

To learn more about Prop Theater, visit the website at www.propthtr.org/


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