leadership

Amanda Delheimer
Artistic Director

Amanda Delheimer is a director, movement director, teaching artist, and playwright who believes that people coming together to tell and bear witness to stories has the power to change the world. She has served as the Artistic Director of 2nd Story since 2007, and is also an Ensemble Member with Lifeline Theatre. When she’s not running 2nd Story or making plays at Lifeline, Amanda works as a teaching artist in the Chicago Public Schools, and directing the Goodman’s summer program for teens. 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. She was also in the inaugural artEquity Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Facilitator cohort, funded by the Mellon Foundation and hosted by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. (she/her/hers)

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LAUREN SIVAK
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Since joining 2nd Story in 2014, Lauren 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 by over 300%. Under Lauren's leadership, 2nd Story moved from its loft-office space in North Center to a storefront at the corner of Lawrence Ave. and Sacramento Ave. 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 on the board of the North River Commission, where she is the Vice President of Education, and is the Local School Council Community Rep for Albany Park's Multicultural Academy. 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 OF DIRECTORS

STAFF

  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 at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. 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 recent 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)

  Liv Oeff  Podcast Producer

Liv Oeff
Podcast Producer

Liv Oeff is a full-time English student at Loyola University Chicago and a part-time live lit enthusiast. She enjoys traveling, classic literature, and talking to her Uber drivers. She is thrilled to be interning with 2nd Story. (she/her/hers)

  Rebekah Scher  2nd Story Volunteer

Rebekah Scher
2nd Story Volunteer

Rebekah Scher works full-time at an investment firm in the suburbs and volunteers for 2nd Story. She believes that we can find connection to others no matter our differences by fostering empathy for the stories of others and by being courageous and vulnerable enough to share our own. (she/her/hers)