Kaiser Ahmed


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KAISER AHMED (Director) is a Chicago-based theatre director, producer, teacher, and actor. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and raised in mid-Michigan, Kaiser was the Founding Artistic Director of Jackalope Theatre Company from 2008-2012 and continued to serve as the Associate Artistic Director through 2019. He resumed serving as Artistic Director beginning 2020. At Jackalope, he's directed Fast Company by Carla Ching,1980 (or Why I'm voting for John Anderson by Patricia Cotter, The Raid by Idris Goodwin, The Killing of Michael X by Cory Hinkle, Long Way Go Down by Zayd Dohrn, Slaughter City by Naomi Wallace, and has produced on some level every production in the company's 14 year history. Other Chicago credits include the Midwest Premiere of The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard at The Artistic Home, Language Rooms by Yussef El Guindi at Broken Nose Theatre, Washer/Dryer by Nandita Shenoy and VANYA (or That's Life!) by Lavina Jadhwani at Rasaka Theatre. Regional credits include the World Premiere of Stoo's Famous Martian-American Gumbo by Matt Barbot, an interactive and touring TYA play commissioned by Peppercorn Theatre in Winston-Salem, NC. Kaiser was named on NewCity’s Players 2019 and 2022: "Fifty People Who Really Perform For Chicago”. He holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago’s Theatre Directing program. Kaiser trained under the mentorship of Sheldon Patinkin and Kathy Scambiatterra. He's assistant directed Amy Morton on Guards at the Taj at Steppenwolf and Gary Griffin on Hand to God at Victory Gardens. Kaiser is a 2015-16 Eugene O’Neill National Directors Fellowship Finalist, a 2016-17 Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative recipient, and an Associate Member of SDC.


An active member of SAG-AFTRA and proudly represented by Gray Talent Group, Kaiser has been seen on TV episodes of FARGO, CHICAGO MED, and others. As a teaching artist, Kaiser works with Northlight Theatre, Raven Theatre and Mudlark Theatre. Kaiser is an Eagle Scout, fluent in Bengali.