Season Salon: In the Virtual Round with Remy Bumppo


Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Streaming available from 10:00 AM CT – 11:55 PM CT

Weren’t able to join us for our Virtual Season Salon on November 2 due to a schedule conflict? You’re in luck! We will be streaming an ENCORE PRESENTATION of the event. Join us for the Encore Presentation of our 2022 Season Salon on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The event is free to attend but RSVPs are required.
Once your RSVP is confirmed, you will receive a link and password to the video recording of the event the morning of November 17. You will have access to stream the video from
10:00 AM CT – 11: 55 PM CT.

When: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM CT

Where: Zoom (event link will be sent out to those who RSVP)

If you have any issues with accessing the event information at that time, please email us at

We hope to see you there!


Get to know our presenters:

Marti Lyons, Artistic Direc

Marti Lyons (Artistic Director) most recently directed I, Banquo by Tim Crouch at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the audio production of Kings by Sarah Burgess for Studio Theatre in D.C. Next, Marti will direct Cymbeline at American Players Theatre. Marti has also directed How to Defend Yourself by liliana padilla at Victory Gardens as part of a co-production with Actors Theatre of Louisville. Marti also directed Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee (Victory Gardens Theatre, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Witch by Jen Silverman, which won the LA Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Direction (Geffen Playhouse in LA, Writers Theatre in Chicago); The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess (Writers Theatre); Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (Victory Gardens Theatre); Botticelli In The Fire by Jordan Tannahill (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe and Kings by Sarah Burgess (Studio Theater); Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (The Court Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); Short Shakes! Macbeth and Short Shakes! Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Wit (The Hypocrites); The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina (Northlight Theatre Company). She directed Wondrous Strange by Meg Miroshnik, Martyna Majok, Jen Silverman and Jiehae Park (2016 Humana Festival) and Title And Deed by Will Eno (Lookingglass Theatre Company). Other projects include Laura Marks’ Bethany, Marks’ Mine and Will Nedved’s Body and Blood (The Gift Theatre); Catherine Treischmann’s Hot Georgia Sunday and Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar (Haven Theatre); Prowess by Ike Holter, The Peacock by Calamity West and The Last Duck by Lucas Neff (Jackalope Theatre); The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew (Raven Theatre); Give it all Back by Calamity West, Mai Dang Lao by David Jacobi, 9 Circles by Bill Cain, Maria/Stuart by Jason Grote, and co-directed The Golden Dragon (Sideshow Theatre). Marti is an ensemble member at The Gift Theatre, an Artistic Associate with Sideshow Theatre and a proud member of SDC.

Kaiser Ahmed

Kaiser Ahmed (Director of Passage) is a Chicago-based theatre director, producer, teacher, and actor. Kaiser is a co-founder and the current Artistic Director of Jackalope Theatre Company. A Bangladeshi-American, Kaiser was recently named on NewCity’s “Players 2019: Fifty People Who Really Perform For Chicago”. At Jackalope, Kaiser directed Fast Company, 1980 (or Why I’m Voting for John Anderson), The Raid, and many others. Chicago credits also 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. Kaiser 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, and an Associate Member of SDC. A member of SAG-AFTRA and proudly represented by Gray Talent, Kaiser has made television appearances on Fargo, Chicago Med, and others. As a teaching artist, Kaiser works with Northlight Theatre, Raven Theatre & Mudlark Theatre. Kaiser holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago’s Theatre Directing program.

Gabrielle Randle-Bent

Gabrielle Randle-Bent (Director of The Year of Magical Thinking) is a scholar, dramaturg and director in Chicago. Her recent collaborations include co-directing Court Theatre’s production of The Tragedy of Othello The Moor of Venice with Charles Newell and co-directing an adaptation of Eve L. Ewing’s 1919 for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. She also served as the dramaturg for Court’s Theatre’s The Oedipus Trilogy and Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s digital production of I, Banquo directed by Marti Lyons. Gabrielle is a co-founder of the Civic Actor’s Studio, a program of the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement and an Ensemble member of Sideshow Theatre Company. She is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University and the proud mama of two tiny humans.