Pop Magic

Pop Magic Productions 10K Match Campaign!

What is Pop Magic?

Pop Magic engages audiences through the production of original live performance and develops artists of different backgrounds and disciplines to create a diverse community of collaborators. Pop Magic is committed to intersectionality in the teams we assemble, the communities we create, and the stories we put on stage.

Pop Magic is on a mission to expand the definition of the performing arts in the context of contemporary nightlife. We bring talent together to create music, theatre, dance, interactive parties, feasts, social media, video, and projects that don’t fit in any one category. We partner with other organizations to bring live performance experiences into non-traditional contexts, reaching new audiences who would generally pick the bar over the ballet.

In addition to our work as a production company and development house, we have a private club with several levels of Membership. Popmagic.org/join/

What is The Pop Magic Match Campaign?

Our Primary Investor has committed to donating 10K, if we can raise 10K from our community’s support. [All donations are 100% tax deductible. We are a 501(c)3.] 

A total of 20K will be the budget for our 2018/2019 fiscal year. This will allow us to do the following:

  1. Hire on a part time grant writer

  2. Hire on a part time production manager to organize and facilitate all of our events and incubator projects

  3. Create an open submission procedure for future productions, allowing us to screen submissions, take meetings, and evaluate proposals

  4. Produce four custom designed Incubator Workshops over the next year with budgets

  5. Create a multi-platform showcase system that gets all projects in front of producing organizations in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and around the country

  6. Create a bi-monthly Musical Theatre Songwriters Workshop with quarterly showcase concerts

To donate to this campaign, just click on the prizes in column to your right, select, and then go to the cart button at the top of this page to 'check out'.

Thank you for your support!

HOMESET - Let's get together

This year, I have partnered with Pop Magic Productions for HOMESET, a quarterly salon series bringing artists together to share ideas. Each HOMESET will give 3 artists space to showcase their works in progress, lesser practiced skills, and interests in a casual atmosphere.

The thought behind the series is simple - artists flourish when they are in conversation with one another, and experiencing and examining one another's work -- especially in times of social and political unrest. It propels our aesthetic and understanding farther forward, and stokes the fire of active engagement. 

In an effort to cultivate these nurturing spaces for artists, and in response to the need for more cross-exposure in the Chicago arts scene, HOME SET was put into action. In collaboration with the magnificent Olivia Lilley, I'm doing something I'm really passionate about: bringing artists together to think together and grow collectively.
Join us in reactivating our community this winter. Connect with creatives whose interests and passions can bolster your artistic practice. Support the growth of Chicago’s independent art scene.

January 6th

February 4th

Sunday March 18th
April 14th

Follow @PopMagicProductions for updates!


Feature on Spiel Chicago: Episode 25 – DIY Theatre

Smyra Yawn (she/her) is on a mission to shine a light on the progressive and thoughtful work of women and genderqueer artists in Chicago Theatre. She brought together a really great panel of DIY Theatre Artists, that I was delighted to take part in.  Listen to the episode on Spiel Chicago. 

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"Artist as Producer: This week on Spiel Chicago, we discuss DIY Theatre!  This is a special panel episode, with guests Savannah Reich, Denise 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."

More on Spiel Chicago

Carolina Migli on Nymph of the River - My colleague Carolina Migli on her piece The Nymph of the River, which she created for Climate Change Theatre Action.

Episode 14 – Avi Roque - My colleague Avi Roque was on an episode of Spiel. I collaborated with Avi for After Orlando, a international theatre movement created by NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press and Missing Bolts Productions in observance of Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Spiel Chicago Episode 9 – Mary Shelley, Feminism and DIY Theatre - Olivia Lilley of Pop Magic Productions about DIY theatre and her play Mary Shelley Sees the Future. Olivia and I curate a salon series called HOME SET, and you can expect to see more of our collaborations in the future.