Ensemble Member

Since 2016

Creative Producer - New Engagements

Since 2020

Co-Curator of Sunset 1919: A Ritual

Kareem Bandealy (he/him) has previously appeared at Lookingglass in Lookingglass Alice, 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, Blood Wedding, Moby Dick (2015 & 2017), The Little Prince, Big Lake Big City, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, and Peter Pan (A Play). His play, Act(s) of God, had its world premiere at Lookingglass in early 2019. Other Chicago credits: The Cherry Orchard, A Christmas Carol (2014–2022), Rock N’ Roll, Gas For Less, and King Lear at Goodman Theatre; The Wheel at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Oklahoma! at Paramount Theatre; Mother of the Maid at Northlight Theatre; The Good Book and The Illusion at Court Theatre; Julius Caesar, Hamlet, The Caretaker, and Heartbreak House at Writers Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II, and Romeo & Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; A Disappearing Number and Blood and Gifts at TimeLine Theatre Company; Othello (as Othello) at The Gift Theatre, and many others. Regional credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers and The Tempest at Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Love’s Labours Lost at Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare; Julius Caesar and Stuff Happens at PICT Classic Theatre, and four seasons with Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He has appeared in several films including The Merry Gentleman directed by Michael Keaton, on TV in Chicago Fire (NBC). Kareem is a recipient of the 2011 3Arts Artist Award and is a 2022 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. He is also the Artistic Producer: New Work at Lookingglass Theatre Company, and he lives in Albany Park with his two children Reza and Anouk. 

Bio as of 2023

Bandealy smolders as if the fire of a thousand suns were burning in his bones.

– Chicago Theater Beat


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BFA in Theatre Performance, University of Central Florida




    • A Christmas Carol (2014-2019), Rock N’ Roll, Gas For Less, King Lear (Goodman Theatre)
    • The Wheel (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)
    • Oklahoma! (Paramount Theatre)
    • The Good Book, The Illusion (Court Theatre)
    • Julius Caesar, Hamlet, The Caretaker, Heartbreak House (Writers Theatre)
    • Mother of the Maid (Northlight Theatre)
    • A Disappearing Number, Blood and Gifts (TimeLine Theatre Company)
    • Othello (The Gift Theatre)


    • The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers, The Tempest (Illinois Shakespeare Festival)
    • Love’s Labours Lost (Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare)
    • Julius Caesar, Stuff Happens (PICT Classic Theatre)
    • Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Jack and the Beanstalk, Taming of the Shrew, The Winter’s Tale, Cyrano de Bergerac (Orlando Shakespeare Theater)

    • The Merry Gentleman (dir. Michael Keaton)

    • Chicago Fire (NBC)

    • 3Arts Artist Award (2011)