Current and Upcoming


Cambodian Rock Band

Victory Gardens Theater

World Premiere By Lauren Yee
Featuring Songs by Dengue Fever
Directed by Marti Lyons

Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American, has found evidence that could finally put away individuals who carried out the Cambodian genocide. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced—his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago—it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip.


Global Hive Laboratories, Pop Magic Productions, En Las Tablas Performing Arts

An internationally devised production exploring anti-exclusionary performance development and presentation, as well as integrated Access Design.
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.  

First Read

The Syndicate

A new play development workshop and readings series, nurturing first drafts of plays by trans and non-binary theater artists. First Read takes a queer-centric, humanistic, community-building approach to the creation of new plays.

Produced by ensemble theater company The Syndicate, First Read launched in NYC in 2018 with readings of three new plays by trans artists.
Lead producers Hal Cosentino, Denise Yvette Serna of Pop Magic Productions, and Ellenor Riley-Condit will host the next First Read at The Martin- 2515 W. North Avenue- the week of June 10th – June 16th, 2019.



Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019

We are interested in plays that explore society's artificial boundaries: the effect they have on the people of both sides— and those who risk everything to cross over.

Submit a new play that is bold, passionate, and which expresses your individuality.



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

The Chicago Inclusion Project Top 10 Theatre Moments of 2017

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

Silos, Scarcity, and Specificity: Holding Space for Complexity After PILLOWTALK

Scapi Magazine

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 DefinitionsWacky Wednesday: Thrice the SpiceSelling Out

Scapi Radio

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.