What happens when you try to make a show from scratch, with no rulebook or script? What if you had to perform it in two completely different spaces, across the city, back to back?
The Storefront Project asks six Chicago-based directors to each choose a text—not written for theater—and devise a new project, tailor-made for MCA Chicago and Prop Thtr. Each translating the same project from the MCA’s theater and public spaces to the distinct industrial theaters and alcoves of the Prop Thtr, directors Dado Gyure, Lucky Stiff, Denise Yvette Serna, Coya Paz, Sydney Chatman, and Mikael Burke with April Cleveland demonstrate Chicago theater’s uncanny ability to pop up anywhere.
An internationally devised production exploring anti-exclusionary performance development and presentation.
Through an intersectional and inclusive creative process devised by artist ensembles in four countries, Medusa will deconstruct the legacy of mythology, and our industry's historical precedent for the oppression, objectification, and exclusion of those whose identities fall outside of the majority, with specific focus on gender expression and ability.
OVER . . . THE EDGE
In its fifth year, the Rockford New Play Festival gives established and aspiring playwrights from the Rockford Area the opportunity to have their plays presented professionally to the public alongside the work of national and international playwrights.
This year we asked playwrights to write new ten page plays inspired by the theme “Over… The Edge.” We are interested in works that explore society's artificial boundaries: the effect they have on the people of both sides— and those who risk everything to cross over.
This focused one-act adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic reinvigorates the compelling story of the vibrant young Nora Helmer, deeply devoted to her husband Torvald. However, all is not as it appears: when Nora takes action to protect her husband, she unwittingly puts them both in jeopardy, testing the bonds of their marriage and forcing them to take stock of their relationship and ask themselves how well they truly know one another…
Chicago Theatre Triatholon - Myth, Monsters and Medusa
Chicago Reader - Pop Magic connects Medusa with MeToo
Feature in the Windy City Times - Intersectional team creates change in 'The Revolutionists’
2018 Honoree - 19th annual Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards
Voyage Chicago - Meet Denise Serna of Pop Magic Productions
Artist as Producer: A special panel episode of Spiel Chicago. With guests Savannah Reich, Denise Yvette Serna, Olivia Lilley and Katherine Lamb, each bringing a unique perspective on DIY theatre, theatre institutions, sustainability and how to get started putting your own work into the world. @SpielChicago
The Making of a Home: Curators Olivia Lilley and Denise Yvette Serna Launch Salon Series
Art Inspiring Art: The Artistic Connection Between Denise Yvette Serna and Dr. Betsy DeCourcy-Wernette
Community Organizing in Support of Immigrants: A Conversation with Laura Mendoza and Denise Yvette Serna
When Theater Goes Overseas: A Conversation with Denise Yvette Serna/Global Hive Laboratories
DIY quotes from DIY Folx Series: DIY Definitions, Wacky Wednesday: Thrice the Spice, Selling Out
02.19.18 - Exploring oppressive white colonization, historical revisionism of Mayan culture, building art from the space between mythology and accurate historical context, Homeset and creating a space for artists to experiment.
03.29.18 - Discussing the reading of Just Like Us with Laura Mendoza from The Resurrection Project to talk about what DACA means for its recipients, personalizing social work and theater by including the community affected in planning and administrating, using the political as artistic material.
08.17.18 - Global Hive Laboratories, building an international rehearsal room, expanding a concept through multimedia to provide audiences multiple points of access.