The No Name Collective is a theater collective founded in 2017 by NYU Tisch and RADA classmates Maggie Hood and Annaliese Kirby who recruited a small group of members with a strong background in classical training and a love for Shakespeare. Based in New York City, they have produced three Shakespeare productions since their inception. In 2016 A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in winter then under the CTC, in 2017 a gender swapping Macbeth as the new NNC, and in 2018 Twelfth Night, Or What You Will with original folk music. The Tempest will be their 4th show and the beginning of the company’s expansion. With 3 shows behind them, the NNC has an ever growing ensemble of actors, directors, and designers that is collaborative by nature. The troupe is female led, maintaining 90% female creative and production teams on every show, and fiscally-sponsored via Fractured Atlas.
So, what’s in a name?
We are a company paying homage to the great William Shakespeare and his contemporaries by focusing our performances on cuts of classical texts. At The No Name Collective, we are a tight-knit group of passionate artists coming together to create art through the performance of these texts, a collaboration in its truest sense - working together to truthfully tell stories that resonate as much today as ever. Our name is meaningless, as Romeo’s was to Juliet; rather to be known by the caliber of our work and the collaborative nature of the group, which by any other name would be as sweet.
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"
Maggie Hood (Left) is an actor, producer, teaching artist, creative, and co-founder of The NNC. She has been working professionally in theater, TV, print and the commercial world for a decade. Previously played Maria in Twelfth Night, Lady Macduff in Macbeth and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Maggie, a Brooklyn resident, is a self-proclaimed lover of board games and British television. She fills her time auditioning, working with children, spreading the magic of theater and creating opportunities for women to make theater with the NNC. BFA from NYU. www.maggiehood.com.
Annaliese Kirby (Right) is a NYC based actor / producer and co-founder of the No Name Collective. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch, where she double majored in Theater and Psychology and minored in Producing. Kirby has worked professionally in theater, television and feature films and is passionate about bringing classical texts to young audiences and producing theater for female led organizations. Recent productions include HVMLET (Dir. Tatiana Baccari and Wednesday Sue Derrico), Macbeth (NNC), and Twelfth Night (NNC). Favorite roles include Gretchen (Boeing Boeing), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Macbeth (Macbeth).