APRIL Membership Podcast (Live): Theater Begins Here

Hannah Joyce, Alayna Jacqueline, and guest Olivia Lilley
Wednesday, April 5 @ 12pm - 1pm CT
Online via Zoom

Where: Online via Zoom, check out this quick video on the process.

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Structure: Webinar.

Captioning: For all recording sessions, we enable Zoom's auto-generated captioning. Closed captioning will be available with the podcast (audio-only recording) published on the website. 

Recordings: We are recording this session and will only publish the audio recording record. This is a webinar, so you will be able to see and hear the hosts, but we will not be able to see or hear you.


“Self Producing” or “Indie Theatre” is the act of responsibly and ethically realizing your visions onstage independently.  In this episode of Theater Begins Here, we have invited, Olivia Lilley, to talk about the successes, challenges, and importance of self-productions. As always, we will respond to questions from the live audience or those submitted via the Membership Podcast: Theater Begins Here Questions Form.

This Episode is for Those Who:

  • Are interested in creating your own opportunities.
  • Are interested in the production process.
  • Want to create a high-quality self-production.
  • Are an independent playwright, director, and anyone on a Creative Team who wants to add a producer to your title.
  • Are interested in how to ethically and inclusively produce theatre in person and online.
  • Want to learn how to empower artists to take back their agency and control from institutions.
  • Are interested in exploring theater in your own city.
  • Love Olivia's work and want to listen to her thoughts, ideas, and experiences in the world.

What to Expect:

  • This is in webinar format. Therefore, we will not be able to see or hear you. You will only be able to communicate with us through the Q&A section of the Zoom webinar.
  • We are running our own tech, so we may take a beat to get set up :)
  • All participants must agree to comply with the Membership Participation Agreements.



Olivia Lilley is a screenwriter, director, theatremaker, and producer who came up in Chicago's DIY and Storefront Theatre scenes as well as Downtown NY's Avant Garde. Olivia is the Artistic Director of Prop Thtr and a Board Member at The National New Play Network. She was the founding Artistic Director of The Runaways Lab Theatre (Voted Best New Theatre Company in the Chicago Reader's Best of 2014). Olivia’s feature screenplay “The Snowpeople” was selected for Full Spectrum Features Producers’ Lab 2020. She was selected for Broadway for All's Theatre Producers of Color: Commercial Producing 101 Inaugural cohort. She has taught at DePaul's Theatre School & School of Cinematic Arts , The Playwright's Center, Chicago Dramatists, Phoenix Theatre, and School for the Blind in Indianapolis. Olivia attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama for Directing and Interlochen Arts Academy for Music Composition. She has an MFA in Screenwriting from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. She's about to launch a podcast this spring called, "The Future of Arts in America: A New Models Podcast" where she interviews artist/producers about the new ways they've been working on this side of the pandemic.

TEXT: Playwrights' Center, Theater Begins Here with Headshot of Olivia Lilley, a mixed race Persian/Irish woman with pale skin and dark hair and dark eyes in a black jumpsuit sitting on a chair. She has a swallow tattoo on her right arm.