Anna-Rose Ii-Epstein (Artistic Director) is a co-founder of Nothing Without a Company (NWaC). Although a native of Texas, she has considered Chicago and the theatre community her home for over 10 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 and Columbia College Chicagwhere she received her BFA in Acting with a minor in Directing. She has directed, performed in, and produced over 20 new plays with NWaC along with Ike Holter's sold out run of LOOM. Anna Rose has production assisted The Brig at Mary Archie Theatre and assistant directed for Chicago directors such as Halena Kays (Lord of the Flies/Steppenwolf Theatre), Andrea J. Dymond (Blue Door/Victory Gardens Theatre), and Sean Graney (The Elephant Man/Steppenwolf Theatre). Anna Rose has also worked with: The Goodman 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. Recently, she was 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. See what else Anna Rose is up to at ii-epstein.com.
Hannah Ii-Epstein (Co-Artisitc Director) is a Founding Member of Nothing Without a Company (NWaC). Since 2007, over ten of her plays and musicals have been produced by NWaC, Mary-Arrchie's Abbie Fest, and Nothing Special Production's Fight Night. Hannah has participated as a writer in many 24 Hour Fest for NWaC, Silent Theatre, and Columbia College Chicago. Her fiction has been published in two issues of The Garland Court Review and read at Abbie Fest 2013. She has performed her poetry in Hawaii, at Harold Washington College in Chicago, as well as The Inconvenience. Hannah is currently attending Columbia College Chicago with a major in fiction.
Jake Fruend (Art Director) is a stage director, designer, and native of St. Louis, MO. Recent directing credits include the devised Point & Shoot, John Patrick Bray's Green Sound (Cold Basement Dramatics), Rachel DuBose & Franz Kafka's Rotpeter, Dakota Parobek's Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile (Mercy Street Theatre), and a bushel of NWaC play festivals. He is a founding member the Associate Artistic Director of Mercy Street Theatre Company. His recent design work includes art for The MDQ Podcast, Mercy Street Theatre, NWaC, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, Communication is Key: the podcast, Northlight Theatre, The Book Patch, and oodles of promotional materials for shows all over Chicago. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.
Will Bennett is an actor, fighter, and stunt performer on stage and film. He has been acting, fighting and falling around Chicago since 2012 and has been a NWaC Company Member since 2014. He appeared in NWaC's 2013 production of Alice, and both of the company's 2014 24 hour play fests. Outside of the company he has appeared in The Hypocrites' All Our Tragic.Screen credits include multiple Columbia College Chicago Graduate Thesis films; Stygian, For Pete's Sake, Daisy. He has also fight choreographed NWaC's 2013 and 2014 Alice, and stunt coordinated Stygian, For Pete's Sake, and Daisy. He is so stoked to continue working with NWaC and building this company to go incredible places, and is so grateful for everyone he has meet along the way.
Kevin Sparrow (Literary Manager) is a writer, performer, and curiosity who utilizes text to create performances, performance to create text, and both to create responses that provoke inquiry and participation. Kevin has been a troupe member with the burlesque and variety company Vaudezilla! since 2012, and has performed in venues including Dank Haus, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Northwestern University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and as part of NWaC’s 24 Hour Fest. They are the recipient of the 2014-15 MFA in Writing Teaching Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and co-coordinator of the monthly artists’ salon series, HI typ/O.
Dave Fink has been a proud company member since 2012. He holds a BA in Theatre from Columbia College, and has performed with Lifeline Theatre, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, The Hypocrites, The Gift Theater Company, City Lit, Vintage Theater Collective, and LiveWire Chicago, among others. Dave is the founder and host of The Communal, a casual and interactive night of listening through storytelling and music. This social and artistic event is held every first Friday or Saturday of the month at the Collaboraction space in the historic Flat Iron Building on Milwaukee Ave. Dave is also a musician, writer, storyteller, and a proud faculty member of Emerald City Theater Company.