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 Ahmed, AJ Ware, and Gus Menary. Artistic Direction was first helmed by Kaiser Ahmed for seasons 1 through 3, with AJ Ware leading as Artistic Director from seasons 4 though 7. For seasons 8 through 12, Jackalope was led by Gus Menary. 

Kaiser Ahmed returns as current Artistic Director for Season 13.




Kaiser Ahmed

Artistic Director

Nora Leahy

Managing Director

Danielle Stack 

Artistic Producer

Catherine Miller

Casting Director

Jonathan Mayo 

Box Office Manager

Lisa Troi Thomas

Accessibility Coordinator


Eleanor Axt 
Bernie Balbot

Corinne Bass

Elana Boulos 

Andrew Burden Swanson

Jon Cohen 

Diego Colón

Monét Felton 

Alex Hand 

Angela Horn 

Slick Jorgensen 

Will Kiley 

Steve Labedz
Gus Menary 

Paloma Nozicka 

Claire Sangster 

Nate Silver 

Calamity West

Pat Whalen 


Clare Butterfield

Mohammad Ahmadpoor

Katherine Korey-Dreher 

William Kenworthy ​

Yann Kulp 

Jim McGee

Rodney Quainton

Michael Schuette

Rachel Slavick

Jackalope Theatre Company ​

Broadway Armory Park 

5917 N Broadway Ave


The Frontier 

1106 W Thorndale Ave ​

Questions? Email us at jackalope@Jackalopetheatre.org