Spotlight: Rosie!

It’s the time of year we share what we’re thankful for, and we have to give special thanks to the fabulous volunteers who make our program possible. Facilitators are an integral part of our ensemble, ensuring everyone feels safe, supported, and celebrated in rehearsal and onstage. We could not do the work we do without them!

Today, we’re happy to introduce you to one of our newest facilitators. She’s just joining us in class this semester, but played an integral role in our production of Cyrano last semester, and does a ton of work for us behind the scenes through her job at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Read on to learn more about ROSIE!

Rosie during a weekly check-in

Rosie during a weekly check-in


Rosie Bross


January 16


Flint, MI

Why did you start volunteering with A.B.L.E.?:

I love the spirit of the Ensemble and the dedication to creating new work every semester.

What do you do when you’re not with us:

I am the Producing Assistant at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. I get to work with actors and creatives and square away paperwork (the exciting stuff!)

Editor’s Note: Rosie’s job at CST means she is also the line producer for our shows in partnership there. She is the liaison between A.B.L.E. and CST’s department heads and makes sure everything from ticket sales to lighting to backstage is set up for success. We can’t thank her enough!

Rosie hiking on vacation with her Mom

Rosie hiking on vacation with her Mom

What are some of your favorite hobbies?:

I love to read novels, go hiking, travel with my mom & family. I also sing in a contemporary choir in Lakeview.

Do you have a hidden talent?:

I can frown creeping BIG! :-(

Who is your favorite performer? What do you like about them?:

My favorite performer is the music artist, Jack Antonoff. He makes music so relatable and powerful for me.

Rosie enjoying nature with a friend.

Rosie enjoying nature with a friend.

If you won a million dollars, what would you do?:

I would like to donate 50% to environmental research efforts and then set aside 50% to help family members pay for college.

What’s your go-to dance party song?:

I love to dance to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”.

Anything else you’d like to share?:

I love to have fun making art with others and even though being onstage isn’t for me, I like to remind myself and those in my community that there are COUNTLESS ways to engage in art-making without being on the physical stage. That’s why I love my job at Chicago Shakespeare so dearly; I’m so close to the art and I get to support what happens on our stages every day! Thank you A.B.L.E. for showing us even MORE ways to be involved in theater!!!


Thanks, Rosie, for all you do to help our ensemble shine!

You can see Rosie with our Monday ensemble in Thereby Hangs a Tale on December 17th Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at 7pm! Tickets are going fast, get yours soon!