Anna K. Kurtz holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has studied theatre in Oxford, England and earned a BFA in Theatre Performance from Creighton University. Originally from Sterling, IL, she has a deep connection to the Sauk Valley area.
In the summer of 2012 Anna started Shakespeare in the Park in collaboration with Woodlawn Arts Academy. This free, outdoor event in Hoover Park includes high school, college, and local community actors. Favorite directing credits include Henry V, Midsummer Night's Dream, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Almost, Maine. She has worked with the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Richmond Shakespeare Festival, the Post Playhouse, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and several theaters in Chicago, IL including the 16th Street Theatre where she played Tammy in the premiere of The Ascension of Carlotta. Favorite roles include Kathy in Vanities, Juliet and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Yvonne Chandel in A Flea in Her Ear.