Committed to the development of new work and a diversity of voices, Anna C. Bahow is an Associate Artist at Premiere Theatre and Performance, The Side Project and Chicago Dramatists. She served as the 2011-2012 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at Goodman Theatre, has received an After Dark Award for direction and her productions have received JEFF Awards for New Work and Use of Multi-Media.
“Anna C. Bahow is a director of immense skill and subtlety, with an impeccable eye for casting, and a gift for finding the action in a play about the mind and the heart.”
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times
"I greatly admired the work of this director, . . . Bahow is very effective with lonely quirky characters and she makes sure that her actors don’t overplay intimate moments."
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
is a tornado of words, images and ideas, all centered around a magical name: Abulkasem. The play assaults our deepest prejudices about identity, race and language. At once hilarious, disturbing and poignant, this mischievously subversive play deconstructs a threatening identity – and forces us to confront our own cultural identity.
by Scottt Barsotti
Highly Recommended FOUR STARS Time Out Chicago
"Haunted by past trauma and resentment, the six sisters fight bitterly over their burden while holding their family together. Brewed creates a thoroughly twisted fantasy world, but the conflict is all in the relationships, grounding this dark and gritty take on gender roles, fairy tales and family drama."
Time Out Chicago
"Barsotti has a first-rate director on his side in Anna C. Bahow, who has cast this Ruckus-Tympanic Theatre co-production with an expert eye. The actresses so look as though they might share a gene pool, [ ] abrasive and acrid, with an undercurrent of deep, abiding something for one another (certainly something more complicated than love). Not for a moment do you doubt that they were raised together in the same incredibly dysfunctional home. Grounding their weird, pathological pragmatism in truth, Dana Black and Erin Myers are both giving the performances of their lives."
Nina Metz Chicago Tribune