My mission is to use the written word to educate and create change in individuals based on emotions felt through reading or seeing my work. My goal is to open dialogue or start conversations by pushing topics people find uncomfortable or taboo to the surface, ultimately making an individual embrace change in their outlook of life.
Though my work has many cultural, social, and political elements I focus on language. How language can create emotion, bridge the gap of communication, and fuel inspiration is the heart of my work. While I use a variety of writing forms each is connected though a snapshot into a character. My aim is to express a moment to change a life.
Hannah Ii-Epstein (she/her/hers), born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, recently received her MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University. In 2015 Hannah graduated summa cum laude with a B.A in Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. She is a writer of fiction, poetry, screenplays, plays, and musicals. She is a member of the Hawaiian Civic Club and Aloha Center Chicago. She is a Co-Artistic Director, Board Member, and Founding Member of Nothing Without a Company. Since 2007, over ten of her plays and musicals have been produced in Hawaii and Chicago by Kumu Kahua Theatre, Nothing Without a Company, About Face Theatre’s Babes on Stage, Fury Theatre's SAST, Mary-Arrchie's Abbie Fest, and Nothing Special Production's Fight Night. Hannah has participated as a writer in many 24 Hour Fests for Nothing Without a Company, Silent Theatre, Columbia College Chicago, and Northwestern University. She was awarded 30 under 30 in Windy City Times in 2014. Hannah's film, Sweet, won Best Film Runner Up in Chicago's 48 Hour Film Project in 2015. In 2016 Hannah and her play, Not One Batu, was honored by Hawai'i State Theatre Council Po'okela Awards in the categories of Non-Resident Guest Artist and Overall Play. In 2018 Not One Batu was Jeff and Reader Recommended in Chicago IL.
The Box by Hannah Ii-Epstein, August 2017 for 48 Hour Film Project Chicago
Mary's Attic: An Aca-Operetta by Hannah Ii-Epstein, March 2016 for Nothing Without a Company's 24 Hour Play Festival
Sweet by Hannah Ii-Epstein, August 2015 for 48 Hour Film Project Chicago