Part of the Prop Thtr Board
Board Meeting 2021
Olivia Lilley (Artistic Director) and Stefan Brun (Executive Director) on WGN Radio (2019)
Olivia Lilley is a screenwriter, director, playwright, and producer who came up in Chicago's DIY and Storefront Theatre scenes. In addition to running Prop, she is also a Board Member at The National New Play Network and the founding Artistic Director of The Runaways Lab Theatre (Voted Best New Theatre Company in the Chicago Reader's Best of 2014). She teaches at DePaul's Theatre School, The Playwright's Center, Chicago Dramatists, and The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. Olivia attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama for Directing, and Interlochen Arts Academy for Music Composition. She is currently working on her MFA in Screenwriting from The University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Persephone Van Ort
Associate Artistic Director
Persephone Van Ort (they/it) is a trans, white artist and writer living in colonized Chicago. Its work has been featured with the Neofuturists, Walkabout Theatre, Sixty Inches From Center and others. They create work about liminality, transformation, and spirals. To find out more, you can visit their website.
Social Media/Marketing Director
Caitlin Shantz is an multi-medium artist and creator. After graduating from her acting conservatory in California, she moved to Chicago to live in a city full of creatives who were ready to collaborate and experiment. A violin teacher by day, and DIY art maker by evening and hours in between, Caitlin has gained many skills by being available and ready to learn on the job. Her current passion project outside of Prop Thtr is her comedy variety show The Haha Hour. Follow Caitlin on Instagram to learn more: @itbecait