Antaeus Welcomes Ana Rose O'Halloran as New Executive Director

The Antaeus Company, L.A.'s classical theater ensemble, has chosen Ana Rose O'Halloran to take the reins as executive director beginning January 22.

"As Antaeus continues to grow and expand, we need someone who can help us continue on to the next chapter," says Antaeus co-artistic director Bill Brochtrup, who also co-chaired the search committee. "We have so much going on, including the Academy, ClassicsFest, New Playwrights' Lab and our arts ed program - plus a full season of plays. Ana Rose impressed us as being extremely capable with a strong artistic sensibility and a great vision for the future, a true team player."

The recipient of an MFA in Theatre Management from California State University, Long Beach and dual BFAs in Theatre Management and Performance from Ohio University, Ana Rose O'Halloran has over ten years of non-profit fundraising and management experience. She most recently served as senior director for the Pablove Foundation, a pediatric cancer non-profit in Los Angeles, where she played a significant role in the organization's strategic planning, board development, fundraising and marketing efforts. Previously, Ana Rose worked at Center Theatre Group in various roles within the development department. While at CTG, she oversaw the creation and development of The Fringe @ CTG, a membership group for young professionals aimed at identifying and cultivating new audiences and donors for the theater. She currently serves as a mentor for Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles through their Arts Professionals Advisor Link (APAL) program.

"I'm excited to work with a company that has so much history and such a large group of supporters who believe in the organization," O'Halloran says. "Antaeus produces plays that have stories with enduring themes that really resonate."

O'Halloran succeeds Miki Shelton, who, following her success in creating a new leadership structure at Antaeus, will return to her former role as an outside development consultant to the company.

The Antaeus Company exists to create a family of artists and audiences and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes. Taking their company name from the Titan who gained strength by touching the Earth, Antaeus members - many of whom are familiar to film and television audiences - gain creative strength by returning to the wellspring of their craft: live theater performances of great classical plays. Unique among 99-seat theater companies in L.A., Antaeus is known for "partner casting." In all Antaeus productions, two equally talented actors collaborate on every role, working together throughout the rehearsal process and enriching the creative experience. Audiences, who rarely see an understudy, frequently return to see the same play in the hands of an equally excellent but very different set of actors.

Antaeus has announced a three-play season for 2015 that includes Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare (March 12-May 3); Picnic by William Inge (June 18-Aug. 9); and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov (Oct. 15-Dec. 6).

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