Amanda Delheimer
Artistic Director

Amanda Delheimer's scholarly and artistic work circles around the intersections of story, psychology, biases, and the body. She was chosen for the inaugural artEquity Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Facilitator cohort, funded by the Mellon Foundation and hosted by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015. Since then, she has actively engaged with the Theater Communications Group as a part of their anti-racism work. Most recently, Amanda presented for the Theater Communications Group's annual conference in St. Louis, MO, on “White Fragility and Social Location Theory” and for the Michigan Presenters Conference in Detroit, MI, on “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion—What does that mean for Presenters?” As the Artistic Director of 2nd Story, she has facilitated trainings, workshops, and experiences for partners on a local and national level, including work with Skadden Arps, Hinshaw & Cullbertson LLP, the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the National Able Network, and Leadership Greater Chicago, among others. She was an inaugural recipient of the Leadership U: One-on-One Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Theatre Communications Group, which placed her in residence at Lookingglass Theatre Company from 2012-2015 as a Strategic Planning Consultant. AB, University of Chicago; AM, University of Chicago. (she/her/hers)



Lauren Sivak believes in supporting those organizations that do essential work in their communities. Since joining 2nd Story in 2014, she has overseen the transition of leadership from 1099 freelance contractors to W2 salaried employees during the 2017/18 season, has doubled the organization's annual operating budget, and has grown the organization's fundraising event income tenfold. Under Lauren's leadership, 2nd Story moved from its loft-office space in North Center to a storefront studio in Albany Park. Prior to accepting her position with 2nd Story, Lauren served as the Managing Director of Walkabout Theater Company and previously worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, most recently as the Special Projects Coordinator. A proud resident of Albany Park, Lauren is the Board Vice President of Education of the North River Commission, is the Local School Council Community Rep for Albany Park Multicultural Academy, and is a founding member and current Chair of the Friends of Roosevelt High School. She is the recipient of Harry L. Davis Executive Education Scholarship for Nonprofit Leaders through the University of Chicago and has two certificates in Nonprofit Management from UIC. (she/her/hers) 

Board Leadership



Jim Lupo  Strategic Initiatives Consultant

Jim Lupo
Strategic Initiatives Consultant

Jim Lupo is a professor and education administrator at Northwestern University. Bringing fifteen years’ experience in curriculum and program design, mission driven strategic planning and implementation, as well as five years’ deep engagement with 2nd Story, Jim works closely with 2nd Story leadership developing and implementing strategic growth initiatives in line with the company’s mission, vision, and values. (he/him/his)

LaTanya Lane  Manager of Artistic Partnerships

LaTanya Lane
Manager of Artistic Partnerships

LaTanya Lane is a writer and facilitator with over 15 years experience working in non-profits. She is a two-time alum of the Voices of our Nations Arts Writers Workshop, a student at iO Theater, and a company member with 2nd Story. She has extensive experience facilitating storytelling workshops and teaching youth and adults to develop their own personal narrative. BA, Lee University; MA, Chicago Theological Seminary. (she/her/hers)

Ali Drumm  Director of Artistic Programs

Ali Drumm
Director of Artistic Programs

Ali Drumm is a Chicago based arts administrator, production manager, and event coordinator. In addition to being 2nd Story's Producer of Artistic Programs, she also works as the Operations Coordinator for Design Dance. She has worked with numerous other arts organizations, including The New Colony, the House Theatre of Chicago, Steppenwolf, the Apollo Theater (with Million Dollar Quartet), About Face Theatre, and Pivot Arts. (she/her/hers)

Max Spitz  Communications Coordinator

Max Spitz
Communications Coordinator

Max Spitz is a member of the Northwestern Class of 2016, where he graduated with a BA in Theatre. Throughout his life he has studied and practiced directing, set design, and performance both as an actor and a storyteller. He was lucky enough to bring several productions of new work to life in his time at Northwestern including Strangers of Intimacy by Marion Hill (Director) and Alligators by A.J. Roy (Set Designer). Some favorite performance credits include Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), Amadeus (Van Swieten), and Polaroid Stories (G). (he/him/his)