Kaiser Ahmed


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Kaiser (he/him) is a Chicago-based theatre director, producer, teacher, and actor. Kaiser was the Founding Artistic Director of Jackalope Theatre Company from 2008-2012 and continued to lead as the Associate Artistic Director through 2019. He resumed serving as Artistic Director beginning 2020. Want to learn more? Good idea -- www.JackalopeTheatre.org

Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and raised in mid-Michigan, Kaiser was recently named on NewCity’s “Players 2019: Fifty People Who Really Perform For Chicago”. Kaiser holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago’s Theatre Directing program, under the mentorship of Sheldon Patinkin. Most recently, he assistant directed Amy Morton on Guards at the Taj (Steppenwolf) and Gary Griffin on Hand to God (Victory Gardens). Kaiser is a 2015-16 Eugene O’Neill National Directors Fellowship Finalist, a 2016-17 Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative recipient, an Associate Member of SDC, a member of SAF-AFTRA, and proudly represented by Gray Talent.

Kaiser recently directed Fast Company (Jackalope Theatre). Other Chicago credits include the Midwest Premiere of The Late Henry Moss (The Artistic Home), Language Rooms (Broken Nose Theatre), Washer/Dryer and VANYA (or That's Life!) (Rasaka Theatre), 

Regional credits include the World Premiere of Stoo's Famous Martian-American Gumbo, an interactive and touring TYA play commissioned by Peppercorn Theatre in Winston-Salem, NC. As a teaching artist, Kaiser works with Northlight Theatre, Raven Theatre & Mudlark Theatre. (Un)related to theatre, Kaiser is an Eagle Scout and fluent in Bengali.