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Kaiser Ahmed


Kaiser is a Bangladeshi-American theatre director, producer, teacher, and actor based in Chicago. He's worked at Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, American Blues Theatre, The Artistic Home, Northlight Theatre, and others. Kaiser was named on NewCity’s Players 2019 and 2022: "Fifty People Who Really Perform For Chicago”.  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.

Kaiser was the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Jackalope Theatre Company from 2008-2012, he continued to serve as the Associate Artistic Director through 2019, and resumed as Artistic Director in 2020. At Jackalope, he's worked closely on every production in the company's 14-year history. 

Kaiser holds a BA in Theatre Directing from Columbia College Chicago, is an Eagle Scout, and is fluent in Bengali. 

(Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux)

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