Artistic Director E.M. David and Managing Director Rose Hamill to Exit Broken Nose Theatre

The Board of Directors of Broken Nose Theatre recently announced artistic director E.M. Davis and managing director Rose Hamill will step down from their leadership roles effective September 1, 2022. The Board, in conjunction with the staff and ensemble, announced it will conduct an extensive search for new leadership in the coming months.

In a collective statement, BNT’s Board of Directors stated, “Over the last four years, E.M. and Rose have navigated Broken Nose through multiple transitions and challenges, from our first leadership transition to a global epidemic. We are grateful for both their leadership of the company during this time and their combined fifteen years of involvement with the company and wish them both well in their future endeavors. We look forward to partnering with the staff and ensemble in the coming months to collaboratively chart a future path for BNT.”

The Board of Directors adds, “We recognize that this transition, coupled with our recent assessment and work around racial equity, access, diversity, and inclusion (READI), presents an opportunity to reimagine the current structure of the organization in the context of our recent growth. The Board will be establishing a Transition Committee comprised of and co-led by members of the Board, staff, and ensemble. Over the next 4 – 6 months, this committee will take a collaborative and inclusive approach to not only identify and select the future artistic leadership of the company but also envision and plan the future of BNT as one of Chicago’s premier economically accessible arts institutions”

BNT will hold its annual gala on August 7, 2022 and the ninth iteration of Bechdel Fest from August 28 – 31, 2022. They’ve announced plans to continue new play development into the fall through programming like Paper Trail and Off/Nights, and production on their next mainstage show in early 2023.

Broken Nose Theatre is one of Chicago’s only Pay-What-You-Can theatre companies. Founded in 2012, BNT was the 2018 recipient of the Emerging Theater Award, presented by the League of Chicago Theatres and Broadway in Chicago. The company has produced and developed 30 full-length plays (including 12 Chicago or world premieres) and over 60 new short plays through its annual Bechdel Fest. For more information on the company and its programming, visit