Jackalope Theatre Company expands the definition of American Identity by engaging with our communities to produce works that celebrate diverse perspectives.


Jackalope Theatre Company is Edgewater's premiere home for new and exciting Off-Loop Theatre. 

Each season, the company produces three full-length plays in the Broadway Armory Park as well as a series of new work development programming at their storefront space, The Frontier. Jackalope is an industry leader in producing and developing new works and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.


Started out of Columbia College Chicago in 2008, the company was founded by Andrew Burden Swanson, Kaiser Zaki Ahmed, AJ Ware, and Gus Menary. Artistic Direction was first helmed by Kaiser Zaki Ahmed for seasons 1 through 3, with AJ Ware leading as Artistic Director from seasons 4 though 7. 


For seasons 8 through 11, and currently, Jackalope has been led by Gus Menary. 




Gus Menary

Artistic Director

Kaiser Zaki Ahmed

Associate Artistic Director

Danielle Stack 

Artistic Producer

Pat Whalen

Director of Marketing

Bernie Balbot

Director of New Works

Nora Leahy

Managing Director


Nate Silver

Paloma Nozicka

Elana Boulos

Will Kiley

Calamity West

Angela Horn

Claire Sangster

Eleanor Axt

Corinne Bass

John Cohen

Alex Hand 

Jackalope Theatre Company ​

Broadway Armory Park 

5917 N Broadway Ave


The Frontier 

1106 W Thorndale Ave ​

Questions? Email us at jackalope@Jackalopetheatre.org