Anna-Rose Ii-Epstein 

(Co-Artistic Director)

Anna Rose (she/her) is a co-founder of Nothing Without a Company.  Although a native of Texas, she has considered Chicago and the theatre community her home for over 14 years. She fell in love with Chicago while attending the National High School Institute Cherub program at Northwestern. Soon after, she attended DePaul Theater School, where she feel in love with yoga, and Columbia College Chicago, where she received her BFA in Acting with a minor in Directing. She has performed, directed, assistant directed, assistant taught, and produced over 25 new plays with Nothing Without a Company and various other companies including Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Mary Archie Theatre, The Inconvenience, Redmoon Theater, Nothing Special Productions, About Face Theater, Pride Films and Plays, Silent Theatre Company, Windy City Performing Arts, and The Center on Halsted. Anna Rose is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), focusing on energy work and body awareness through breath control. She is proud to be the originator of the Red & Gray Playwright Festival, where students write, direct, and produce their own works at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in her hometown, Houston, TX.  She featured in Windy City Times 2014's 30 Under 30 award with her wife Hannah Ii-Epstein as the first power couple to be honored together in this category. In the past few years, Anna Rose has begin dabbling in film. Anna Rose produced and was featured in Nothing Without a Company's short film Sweet, submitted to 2015's 48 Hour Film Fest Chicago, which won Best Film Runner Up, Best Directing, and Audience Award Group B Runner Up. Check her out as a featured extra in Signature Move, a queer movie coming out soon! Feel free to contact her, she is super nice! Or see what else Anna Rose is up to at ii-epstein.com.