For the past four decades, Prop Thtr remained a consistent incubator of experimental theater in the MidwestUnder the artistic leadership of Olivia Lilley, that devising and experimenting has continued. Prop Thtr’s focus has widened, challenging the notion that Theater is a ‘separate’ art form. Prop Thtr is at the forefront of reimagining theater for the American 21st century.

As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, Prop Thtr is funded primarily through government grants and individual donors. As we move forward, we hope to set a new standard for working conditions for both artists and staff in Chicago’s storefront theater.

Your donation will be used for our most substantial commitments:

  • Stipending our part-time staff
  • Increase artist pay
  • Renting production space

As we move forward, we’d like to:

  • Hire a managing director, a development director
  • Increase pay for our artistic director and executive director

Paying staff and artists  is a crucial path we’re on: as we move through and figure out how to be an anti-racist and equitable theater, we want to make sure we have people who have the capability to be committed to intersectional, experimental thought and art.

If what we’ve done over the past 40 years has been magic on a shoestring budget, imagine what we can do if we have the dollars to further invest in our artists and staff, our processes and projects.

We cannot thank you enough for your support. Donate today.


Olivia Lilley & Stefan Brün
Artistic Director & Executive Director

(773) 742-5420

Mailing Address:
4640 N. Drake Ave. 1S
Chicago, IL 60625