Lauren Sivak

Administrator, Storyteller, & Actor


2nd Story
Chicago, IL

Managing Director
(formerly General and Financial Manager)

11/14 - present

  • Maintain yearly operating budget with fiscally responsible goals to ensure longterm sustainability 
  • Lead 2nd Story’s Board in creating an annual strategic fundraising plan that includes both online campaigns and events
  • Produce annual fundraiser, growing fundraising revenue by 500% ($18,500 net income)
  • Cultivate community partnerships, prospective board members, and major donors
  • Generate and disseminate bi-weekly cash flow, fundraising, and quarterly budget v. actual reports

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Chicago, IL

Special Projects Coordinator

6/15 - 5/16

  • Was an essential member of the task force team responsible for the opening of Steppenwolf’s Front Bar Coffee and Drinks
  • Provided direct support to Steppenwolf’s Managing Director David Schmitz and supported Steppenwolf’s senior-level leadership in the areas of presentation, data analysis, and reporting
  • Developed a comparative analysis that assessed the financial practices of the nation’s leading theatre institutions 

  • Organized annual student matinee performance audience of 7,000 students and teachers 
  • Piloted and executed ‘Behind the Scene,’ a community engagement program for teens to learn about careers in the arts
  • Facilitated and mentored the Young Adult Council, Steppenwolf’s after-school program of 20 - 25 high school students
  • Supervised the SYA summer intern and year-round education volunteer

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Chicago, IL               

Education & Community Programs Coordinator

9/13 - 7/15

Walkabout Theater Company
 Chicago, IL              

Managing Director

6/13 - 11/14

  • Managed the rebranding of the company’s visual identity, including website overhaul
  • Maintained operating budget and monthly register
  • Produced organization’s first fundraiser, surpassing event revenue goal
  • Created and distributed all administrative and artistic contracts, in addition to building and hiring administrative team

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
 Chicago, IL              

Education Assistant

6/11 - 9/13

  • Created all in-house print and digital media marketing materials and maintained yearly marketing calendar and requests
  • Lead all post-show discussions for SYA productions, average audience of 300 participants 
  • Represented SYA at Chicago Public Schools Arts Plan and Ingenuity Inc. meetings throughout the formation of the CPS Arts Plan


Tessitura Innovator Series Webinar; Presenter, February 2015, Broadcast Nationally
Theatre Communications Group; Participant, June 2014, San Diego, CA
Aesthetic Education and Common Core; Participant, June 2013, Kalamazoo, MI
Chicago Arts Educator Forum; Presenter, December 2012, Chicago, IL
Theatre Communications Group; Participant, June 2012, Boston, MA


Axelson Center for NonProfit Management at North Park University
         BootCamp for NonProfit CEOs (August 2017)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Donor Cultivation (2016)
Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Marketing Management (2016)

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Financial Analysis for Non-Financial Managers (2016)

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Double Major: English Education and Theater
magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa Scholar


North River Commission Board of Directors - Vice President of Education
Albany Park Multicultural Academy Local School Council - Community Representative
Albany Park Neighbors - Member

Points of interest

Recipient of Harry L. Davis Executive Education Scholarship for Nonprofit Leaders through the University of Chicago

Skills: Quickbooks; Tessitura; Wordfly; Abila MIP Fund Accounting; Patron Manager; Wordpress; Squarespace; MyEmma; iWork: Keynote and Pages; Dropbox; PowerPoint Aficionado

Financial Advisor for Cor Theatre (2015/16 season)

Click here to download resume.