Writing and Performance for the Internet (Winter 2021)

02/10/2021 - 03/24/2021




  • $299.00  -  General
  • $249.00  -  New Student




Sessions: 7 Wednesdays
Session Dates: Feb. 10, 17, 24
Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24
Session Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time
The Early Bird Registration Discount is not applicable for this course. Network Discounts still apply.


Writing and Performance for the Internet (Winter 2021)

Feb. 10 - Mar. 24
6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time

Instructor: Olivia Lilley

Over the past months, there has been an explosion of Internet theatre content that falls somewhere between theatre and film.  Explore the capabilities of Zoom, Instagram, Tik Tok, and other platforms, to create new performances and plays designed specifically for this vibrant and invigorating time.  Students will study aspects of filmmaking--from lighting, to cinematography, to production design--and use generative devising exercises to create plays and performances meant to be experienced online. The work developed in class will be showcased as a part of Prop Thtr’s monthly Small Hours Festival.  Experiment and play: make something new.

Olivia Lilley is a playwright, director, deviser, and producer who came up in Chicago's DIY scene. She uses a devised process to create and develop her plays that she's been honing since 2013. Olivia's work often ransacks classics (films, plays, novels) or non fiction with a collective and builds a new story for the current moment. Olivia fights American perfectionism by telling stories about complex and messy characters, subverting tropes, and giving alternate endings to women who are traditionally tragic. She often collaborates with choreographer Kelly Anderson. Olivia is Artistic Director of Prop Thtr. She was the founding Artistic Director of The Runaways Lab Theatre (Voted Best New Theatre Company in the Chicago Reader's Best of 2014) and currently sits on their advisory board. She's an Artistic Associate at Pivot Arts, and she's curated at The Museum of Contemporary Art. She's the Creative Director of Pop Magic Productions. Olivia’s feature screenplay “The Snowpeople” was selected for Full Spectrum Features Producers’ Lab 2020. Her short "Amanda" was a Semifinalist for Camera Ambassador's Community Builders Grant. Olivia attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama for Directing, and Interlochen Arts Academy for Music Composition.

The Early Bird Discount is not applicable for this course.  Network Discounts still apply.

Classes will be held via Zoom. Instructors will send out Zoom invites one day before class begins. We encourage students to setup a Zoom account for themselves before class if they have not already to ensure when class begins you are able to jump straight into the art!

Sessions/Weekday 7 Wednesdays
Session Dates

Feb. 10, 17, 24
Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24

Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time

This class is ideal for students with experience ranging from beginner to advanced.

There will be an online Zoom presentation of student work on March 24.