written by Company Ensemble Member Janey Bell

directed by Ben Kaye




Grace Hutchings as Ana

Emilie Modaff as Bree

Debo Balogun as Tim

Peter Wilde as Danny



Bobby Pin Girls opens November 2017

We Stand With #ChiTAC

Nothing Without a Company is committed to provide a safe and creative space for all artists to explore their voices and talents as well as an environment that is inclusive and respectful of all people. We will not tolerate the use of culturally insensitive language that is routed in ignorance based on racial, sexual or gender biases. Hedy Weiss has never attended or reviewed a single Nothing Without a Company production. Any reviewer who uses such language in their reviews will not be invited to review Nothing Without a Company productions.

Along with many in our Chicago theater community, we want to affirm our support of all artists in our community. Nothing Without a Company stands in solidarity with the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition and in support of all artists in our community. If you would like to share your thoughts, please feel free to contact us.

Anna Rose Ii-Epstein, Co-Artistic Director:
Hannah Ii-Epstein, Co-Artistic Director:
Mike Shaw, Managing Director:

Marketing Coordinator Shae Boyd's 6-Month Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to Shae Boyd! She has been our Marketing Coordinator for 6 months. Shae has been a social media guru since the good old days of Friendster and Livejournal. She moved to Chicago in August 2016 with the help of her cousin, Co-Artistic Director Anna Rose Ii-Epstein, who immediately recruited her to start doing social media for the company. In January of 2017, she accepted the postion of Marketing Coordinator. Thank you to Shae for all you do! 

Read more about Shae here!

Introducing Edgar Miguel Sanchez as our new Casting Director!

We are so thrilled to have Company Ensemble Member Edgar Miguel Sanchez on board as our new Casting Director! 

Edgar Miguel Sanchez is psyched to begin this new journey as Nothing Without a Company's Casting Director. Mr. Sanchez has been a full time artist in the city of Chicago for the last ten years. Aside from his work as an actor, which includes productions at OSF, APT, The Rep, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, and The Court Theatre, Mr. Sanchez was a co-founder of Sankofa Theatre Company. He served as Executive Director for four years. While with Sankofa, Mr. Sanchez directed two full productions: A Midsummer Night's Dream and This Is Our Youth. He's directed and written numerous shorts for the following festivals: 24 Hour Abby Fest, Woman's Alliance Theater, Victory Garden's One-Minute Play Festival, Red Theatre's One Act Play Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Project, and Congo Square's Jambalaya Series. Mr. Sanchez's other full production as a director includes A Midsummer Night's Dream in Austin, Texas with Redneck Shakespeare: Master of Revels. Mr. Sanchez was born in Dominican Republic, raised in Miami, Florida, and received his B.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a minor in Sociology.

FREE Yoga Classes Every Saturday!

Photo credit and image of: Steph Goehring

Photo credit and image of: Steph Goehring

Nothing Without a Company is proud to offer FREE weekly yoga classes!

All yoga classes begin at 10:30am every Saturday at Berger Park Cultural Center!

These are free classes for EVERYONE!
All levels and skill sets are welcome!
Yoga mats will be provided.
Classes will take place outside, weather permitting.
Please ask the office if you can not find us. 

Donations are accepted and appreciated and will go directly to the instructor and Nothing Without a Company's Berger Park Programming Fund.




Audition Information for Bobby Pin Girls

SYNOPSIS: Ana and Bree are forced to do some rapid bonding over the course of a wild night in their shared apartment. Ana is an uptight actress who is trying to convince herself to stick it out through rehearsals for a show she not-so-secretly despises while navigating mixed signals from her director. Visual artist Bree attempts to boost her new roomie’s self-confidence while dealing with her impulsive and reckless ex entering her life again. Will the toxic people in their lives bust up this burgeoning friendship, or will the girls grow together and embrace their evolving identities? 

Audition Date: Auditions: Thursday, June 8th from 6pm-9pm Callbacks: Saturday, June 10th from 2pm-5pm

Audition Location: Berger Park (6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, Illinois 60660) - South Mansion, 2nd floor [Callbacks will also be held at Berger Park]

Equity/Non Equity: Non-Equity

Pay: Stipend

Type/Restrictions: We encourage ALL types to audition. Trans and gender fluid performers are strongly encouraged to audition. 


Ana: Female, 20’s, a goody-two-shoes with a ballerina bun. 

Bree: Female, 20’s, a smartass.

Andy: Male or Female, 20’s, a fucking passive aggressive asshole. 

Tim: Male, 20’s, a lovable creep.

Time Commitment: 

Rehearsals: Tuesday, October 10th - Saturday, October 28th
Evening rehearsals: Mondays and Tuesdays. 
Saturday rehearsals: 12pm-5pm. 

Tech: Monday, October 30th and Tuesday, October 31st
Invited Dress: Wednesday, November 1st
Opening: Thursday, November 2nd
***Performances are Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm*** 
Closing: Saturday, December 9th

Material To Prepare: Materials to prepare will be sent upon confirmation of audition 


Call for Artists: Public Salon at Berger Park

This month, Nothing Without a Company is collaborating with HI typ/O.

Their April salon will take place at Berger Park Cultural Center, and they are looking for artists to present. 

"We at HI typ/O love the opportunity to present new work in the intimate and friendly settings of artists' homes, but for our April salon, we're going back to our roots (perhaps literally). The origin point of HI typ/O was a walk through the urban and natural spaces of Prague called Tramps of Our Flora, so returning to a public site preserving nature while the weather allows for it seems timely.

This month's salon will take place in collaboration with Nothing Without a Company theatre company at the historic Berger Park mansion and grounds at 6205 N. Sheridan (just east of the Granville red line stop) on Saturday, April 29th, starting at 6:30pm and lasting until 9:30pm. Nothing Without a Company's mission is to "plant theatre in site-specific and reclaimed environments" and to that end, we would like to especially invite presentations that are site-specific to Berger Park and its environs.

We are calling on you to join us and share your new work and works in development. Please feel free to respond directly to this email or email us at We can't wait to see you there!"

Managing Director Mike Shaw's 6-Month Anniversary!

Today, we celebrate Mike Shaw's 6-month anniversary with our company. Mike is our Managing Director and is such an asset to the company. Mike signed on with Nothing Without a Company last July. Thank you for all you do, Mike! Happy Anniversary! 

Mike is excited to serve as Managing Director for Nothing Without a Company and to work with this passionate group of artists. Mike also serves on the Steering Committee of the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC), a volunteer run group with a mission to empower Chicago's cultural spaces to become more accessible to visitors with disabilities and he also works as a stand-in and background actor for television and film. Prior to Nothing Without a Company, Mike worked as the Box Office & Sales Manager for Writers Theatre for 5 years. Before that, Mike worked for the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, a regional cultural center located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, (where Mike grew up) where he held a number of positions during the more than 10 years that he spent there before moving to Chicago in 2011.


Nothing Without a Company is seeking submissions of new plays for our 13th Season (Fall 2018-Summer 2019). Our company’s mission is “planting theatre around Chicago to empower self and community through immersive and revolutionary acts of art in site-specific and reclaimed environments.”

To that end, we are looking for work that has environment specifically in mind. The use of non-traditional staging should be clear from script itself, meaning the play can take place in limited locations, whether that is in a garage, a park, a firehouse, an art gallery, or a bar, or be otherwise  adaptable to non-theater spaces. Our aim is to continue providing unexpected immersive experiences to Chicago audiences. Please list prospective performance spaces within Chicago when submitting your work.

Submission levels of all types are encouraged, including fully formed scripts or works in progress. If submitting a piece that needs to be workshopped, include a timeline along with a list of people currently involved in the project.

Our current and upcoming seasons are focused on themes of personal change and realignment of identity, and we are especially looking for work that can expand outward from these topics, either through their narrative structures or their devising possibilities. We especially support LGBTQIA artists by providing a safe and creative space to explore their voices and talents. We want to tell stories that are focused on individual and community growth and that highlight intersecting issues of identity.

Submission Details:

-- Please send full-length, one-act, and other length scripts along with short synopsis and  artist biography. Alternatively, a one- to two-page description of a devised theatre piece or work-in-progress can be sent along with any accompanying scripted material.

Send submissions for consideration to:
Kevin Sparrow, Literary Manager

-- Scripts should be received by 11:59pm on March 27, 2017. Follow-up on decisions and communication back to writers will happen in mid-April.


Nothing Without a Company seeks a part-time Development Director. The Development Director oversees and manages the day to day operations of fundraising and institutional advancement for Nothing Without a Company. The Development Director works with the Managing Director and the Development Committee in creating a long-term institutional advancement plans.


Establish a Development Plan - A comprehensive season-long fundraising and grant writing plan along with calendar detailing resources needed, strategies, goals and deadlines.

Develop a comprehensive development strategy to include individual and corporate giving, special campaigns, donor/prospect events, and other philanthropic revenue.

Consults with BOD on initiatives to facilitate future growth, success, and stability of the organization.

Continually seek out new grant opportunities and prepare all grant requests.

Develop and manage the Direct and End-of-Year mailing campaigns.

Ensure accurate record‐keeping of contributions and timeliness of donor acknowledgments.

Assure department’s compliance with regulations, statutes, and ethical and professional standards.

Ensure that Nothing Without a Company’s communication to donors, funders, and prospects is consistent across all channels.


Bachelor’s degree in business management, non-profit management, or related field required. Non-profit experience, especially in the performing arts, preferred. Experience in senior management position strongly preferred.

Proven ability to manage and grow contributions with a strong focus on relationship building with current and prospective donors.

Proven success in managing a volunteer program. Excellent oral and written communication.

Nothing Without a Company gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Pay: Stipend

Email  with cover letter and resume by November 15, 2016 to schedule an interview. Please include “Development Director” in the subject line of your email.

Nothing Without a Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization’s work. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


Nothing Without a Company seeks a part-time Public Relations Coordinator. The PR Coordinator supports the Marketing Director with Public Relations and manages social media for Nothing Without a Company.


Facilitates how NWaC communicates creatively via social media.

Assists with creating and publishing social media content as directed by the Director of Marketing. Social Media includes, but is not limited to: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Tumblr.

Utilizes MailChimp to draft and send mass emails, coordinating their routing among relevant staff and securing necessary approvals.

Drafts organizational announcements, press releases, and public facing copy as needed, coordinating their routing among relevant staff and securing necessary approvals.

Monitors published press coverage and social media mentions, compiling and organizing them for reporting on a regular basis. Builds and maintains offline archives of key media coverage.

Assists with social media and public relations projects as assigned by the Marketing Director.

Ensures that Nothing Without a Company’s messaging to the public is branded and consistent across all social media channels.



Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or comparable professional experience. 

Experience in arts-marketing and/or communications, with demonstrated familiarity with multi-channel marketing and/or current communications strategies.

Excellent deadline-management, written, and verbal communications skills.

Proficient in Excel, Word and the Google suite; graphic design, photo and video editing skills a plus. 

Nothing Without a Company gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Pay: Stipend

Email  with cover letter and resume by November 15, 2016 to schedule an interview. Please include “PR Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.

Nothing Without a Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization’s work. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


Announcing Our 16|17 Season!


Change is an act that is both challenging and satisfying; Nothing Without a Company is currently changing, cultivating, and growing to leap forward into a new era of planting theatre around Chicago.

This season, our focus shifts to the changes not only within our company, but the changes present in the lives of queer individuals in the city and the community at large.  Our passion to produce revolutionary acts of art in new and reclaimed environments lends the spotlight to these stories of metamorphosis.


Devised by Ronen Kohn, Darling Squire, Avi Roque, Gaby Labotka, and Kevin Sparrow
Directed by Company Member Gaby Labotka

Co-produced by The Living Canvas, this world premiere is devised from the works of and performed by transgender/genderqueer/intersex/non-binary artists. Designed and directed in the style of The Living Canvas, nude performers embody the expressive power and diversity of the human form under evocative projections to reveal, instead of conceal, every body’s beautiful possibility. [Trans]formation explores the naked truth of gender identity.  

PREVIEWS: November 15th and 16th 2016
OPENING: Thursday, November 17th 2016
CLOSING: Saturday, December 17th 2016

The Vault at Collaboration Studios in The Flat Iron Arts Building
1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The Kid Thing

Written by Sarah Gubbins
Directed by Company Member Jake Fruend

The Kid Thing proves that sometimes, good news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When two lesbian couples, who have been best friends for years, get together for a dinner party, an unexpected pregnancy announcement manages to rock both relationships. As the couples confront the changes in their lives, secrets come out, friendships are tested, and identities are challenged.

PREVIEWS: March 13th, 14th, and 15th 2017
 Thursday, March 16th, 2017
 Saturday, April 15th, 2017

The North Mansion at Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

We are excited and honored to be sharing our eleventh season and growing with you.

-- Co-Artistic Directors Anna Rose Ii-Epstein & Hannah Ii-Epstein



Nothing Without a Company seeks a Managing Director to organize the day-to-day operations and oversee the long-term planning and vision in the areas of administration, finance, marketing, and community engagement for the company. This individual will work closely with the Co-Artistic Directors and be the manager of the administrative staff to ensure that the company is on a healthy, organized trajectory toward artistic and developmental goals of planting theatre around Chicago with all forms of media to empower self and community through immersive and revolutionary acts of art in site-specific and reclaimed environments.

Position Responsibilities:

Operations and Administration

Provides staff support to the Board of Directors (BOD) and committees and ensures all appropriate information regarding operations and policies is available

Processes performance requests and coordinates with the Artistic Director(s)

Provides reports in advance of meetings

Implements the programs and policies of the organization in compliance with objectives defined in cooperation with the BOD

Creates clear systems for effective business operation and communication

Attends occasional rehearsals and serves as liaison between BOD and administrative staff

Oversees and manages activities [recruitment, development, evaluation, and operations] of volunteers

Ensures appropriate business arrangements for performances, filming, and other events (such as negotiating contracts for performance venues and serving as liaison for house management, ticketing, and accommodations for guests and artists)

Ensures company calendars, databases, and website(s) are updated

Ensures that correspondence (phone, e-mail, and postal mail) is replied to in a timely manner

Coordinates staff meetings

Establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with nonprofits, other theatre associations, community groups, and media outlets

Serves as an effective spokesperson for the organization and as a community leader

Oversees and provides staff support to the Marketing Director

Collaborates with the BOD and Marketing Director to market and publicize the work of the company

Monitors and coordinates approval of public relations materials distributed to the general public or news media including, but not limited to, press materials, playbills, flyers, newsletters, posters, promotional items, and logo usage

Retains and archives production materials, including all press releases and marketing materials
Financial and Audience Development 

Develops the annual budget and manages its implementation

Assumes an active role in audience development and fundraising (across stage productions, film and web content, and social media platforms)

Provides staff support to the Development Director and Finance Committee and implements their decisions

Maintains strong relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors and sponsors

Establishes relationships with city, county, and regional governments and foundation agencies

Ensures that donor recordkeeping, thank you letters, and fundraising records are maintained

Monitors spending and manages finances to meet current needs while staying within budgetary limits

Works with Treasurer, Finance Committee, and BOD to provide oversight and transparency with respect to finances, the budget, and reporting of financial position

Leads development of an organizational strategic plan and oversees its execution

Consults with BOD on initiatives to facilitate future growth, success, and stability of the organization.

Keeps BOD informed of condition of organization and all important factors influencing it through regular communications and consistent reporting

Protects organization’s values by keeping appropriate information confidential

Maintains a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse and talented volunteer base and staff

Qualifications Summary
Bachelor’s degree in business management, non-profit management, or related field required. Non-profit experience, especially in the performing arts, required.  Three years in Managing Director position or senior management position strongly preferred. Proven success in managing a volunteer program. Excellent oral and written communication.

Email NOTHINGWITHOUTACOMPANY@GMAIL.COM with cover letter and resume by July 1, 2016 to schedule an interview


October 2, 2016 • 11:30am-3pm

A fundraiser for [Trans]formation
at The Crystal Ballroom.

Express Yourself - because fashion, like gender, has no boundaries!

The Living Canvas is partnering with Nothing Without a Company to develop a new work created and devised by trans voices entitled [Trans]formation.

The Express Yourself Fashion Show is our largest fundraiser for this project. Proceeds from ticket sales, auctions, and silent auctions will go toward [Trans]formation.

We are hosting a fashion show for which selected designers will create and execute ensembles with gender-fluidity in mind.


We want everyone to know that there is a place to turn if you need help and that you are NEVER alone. The ability to be your authentic self is true freedom and is something that is all too often lacking for our LGTBQ+ youth. In that, we feel that fashion is a tremendous mode of self expression and at the Transformation Show we’re ready to smash the boundaries of gender expectations on the catwalk.


Express Yourself will feature 16 original pieces created by 10 designers who have been selected by our board of panelists. The 10 selected will be asked to create and execute 1 design that celebrates gender fluidity. Three of the selected designers will be chosen to be a “Featured Designer” who will display three cohesive designs to be modeled on three of the actors from [Trans]formation.  

Are you a Fashion Designer?
Here's how to submit!

Please submit all materials listed below to no later than July 15th, 2016.

  1. A Cover Letter explaining your interest in the show and your personal goals as a fashion designer

  2. A brief resume detailing your fashion training and personal background in fashion.

  3. Provide the following information and answer these questions:

    1. Name

    2. City and Neighborhood of residence

    3. How would you rate your pattern making experience on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being “What’s a pattern?” and 10 being “I can do that blindfolded with a safety pin.”?

    4. Have you had experience with fittings and subsequent alterations on garments? Please describe.

    5. Have you ever been featured in a fashion show before? If so, when?

    6. Will you be able to commit to multiple meetings with your model for vision, design, and fit from the date of selection until show date?

After you submit we will contact you about an interview and the following steps!


The Fashion show will include a silent auction at the end of the night in which each design will be auctioned off. Should your piece be bid on- the first $50 to be bid on a piece will go directly to the designer to cover material cost. Anything above $50 will be split between the production of [Trans]formation and the Designer. So this is an opportunity to sell your work!

Designers will be meeting and working with other amazing artists in the Chicago fashion, makeup, modeling, theatre and performance communities. The opportunities to make new connections will be limitless!


Auditions for [Trans]formation!

We are seeking transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and intersex performers of all ages and races who move well to be a part of a collaborative ensemble of 5-14 people. Dance, movement, circus, and/or clowning training or experience is a plus as this is a piece of highly physical theatre in which movement sequences will be partly devised by the group. We are not seeking cisgender performers at this time.

Audition Dates: Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd
Audition Times: 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM, 5:00PM

Auditions will be held at The Theatre School at DePaul University
2350 N. Racine Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 Room 302


[Trans]formation is being devised from submissions we received from the transgender, gender non-conforming community exploring the naked truth of being trans through artwork, poetry, music, essay, and theatre. Our bodies are a constant field of growth, change, warfare, and identity. In our society, we tend to fixate on genitalia instead of the individual. As with its other productions, The Living Canvas as a vehicle provides transcendence of this fixation and sexualization and reveals the human form as more through the combination of nude performance and the brilliant imagery of photographs and artwork projected upon the body in motion. Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, we have the opportunity to explore in a new way what the naked body is in relationship to gender and identity. "Naked" may mean something different to certain performers because of their gender expression and we welcome that. [Trans]formation will be a platform of body revolution and revelation, by helping people see the whole person, and not just parts. As mentioned, this production will be performed nude, but we are sensitive to gender expression needs. We will accommodate if a performer wants to be considered but requires garments to better represent their gender while nude onstage without triggering traumatic experiences. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Time Commitment: 

Rehearsals September 24th - November 6th
Tech: November 7th - November 13th
Previews: November 15th, 16th
Performances: November 17th - December 18th
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm,Sundays at 7pm*** at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building. ***Thanksgiving Week performances will be November 21st, 25th, and 26th at 8pm, and November 27th at 7pm.

Material To Prepare: 

Please prepare a 1-2 minute piece that utilizes some text (may be poetry, song, monologue etc). There will also be a group movement section which will feature a small piece of choreography and an exploration/improvisation to music. Please wear clothes that allow you to move. 


Dear Transgender, Intersex, Genderqueer,
and Non-Binary persons,

The Living Canvas in partnership with Nothing Without a Company (NWaC) is developing a new work of theatre created and devised by trans voices titled [Trans]formation.  As such, we are reaching out to the trans community for submissions; we are looking for stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs, or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being trans. These works may be happy, heartbreaking, funny, tragic, uplifting, or any other kind of story so long as it is honest and explores transformation.  

Trans stories told by trans voices.  We want your story, told by you, at the level of participation you feel most comfortable with.  Join us as a contributor, an advisor, a performer, or any/all of the above.

The Living Canvas is an exploration of the expressive power of the human form.  We make works of theatre actualized by nude performers under projections of photographs, paintings, or beautiful light.  Our venture is to highlight the beauty in every body and tell stories that encourage body acceptance and love. For this particular project, we are adjusting our performance model to be better inclusive of trans/intersex/genderqueer performers: our definition of “nude” will be adjusted to prevent potential instances of gender dysphoria.

Nothing Without a Company is planting theatre around Chicago with all forms of media to empower self and community through immersive and revolutionary acts of art in site-specific and reclaimed environments.

Pieces should not exceed three (3) minutes or five (5) pages in length.  If you are submitting a video or song, please do not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Attach written works as a Word Document or PDF, visual art and photography as .jpeg, and for videos please include a link to an Unlisted YouTube video link.  

If your work is selected as a part of the final production, we will notify you and discuss casting preferences for your piece.  We want to collaborate with you, and tell your story in an honest and respectful way.

If you would like to be considered as a performer, please attach your Headshot and Resume and include “PERFORMER” in the title of your e-mail, along with your name.

Please e-mail your submission to no later than March 31st, 2016.  Questions may be addressed to our Literary Manager, Kevin Sparrow at this address, though other members of our selection committee may review and respond to your e-mail.  

Although we would love to use every submission, we are only given a limited amount of stage time to perform [Trans]formation. We hope to use every submission as a part of the larger discussion we hope this production will inspire: anything that does not end up on our stage will be included in our dramaturgy/lobby display and/or be featured in our program booklet.

Submissions will be reviewed and selected by Kevin Sparrow (NWaC Literary Manager and Company Member), Gaby Labotka (Director/Deviser, The Living Canvas Company Member, and NWaC Company Member), Ronen Kohn (Lead Deviser, The Living Canvas Company Member), and Romeo Green (Dramaturg, NWaC Company Member).  

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your work; we are very excited for this mass collaboration in storytelling!