Lookingglass Theatre adds new ensemble members
By Morgan Greene for Chicago Tribune – November 21, 2016
Lookingglass Theatre Company announced two new ensemble members and nine new artistic associates on Monday.
Louise Lamson and Kareem Bandealy, who have both appeared in a number of productions with the company, will join the ensemble. Lamson, who appeared in Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” and “Arabian Nights,” was last seen at Lookingglass in “Death Tax” and “The Little Prince.” Bandealy has recently appeared in “Blood Wedding” and “Moby Dick,” and will return for the remount of the hit Herman Melville adaptation this summer.
Kareem was born in Karachi, Pakistan, brought up in the USA, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Central Florida. His Chicago theatre credits include: Rock ‘N’ Roll, Gas for Less, King Lear (Goodman Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II, and Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Illusion (Court Theatre); Heartbreak House (Writers’ Theatre); The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, Peter Pan (Lookingglass Theatre Company); It’s a Wonderful Life, Oklahoma! (American Theater Company); The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Wedding Play (About Face Theatre Collective); Our Enemies, Back of the Throat, 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith (Silk Road Rising); and many others.
Kareem has previously appeared at Lookingglass in Blood Wedding, Moby Dick, The Little Prince, Big Lake Big City, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, and Peter Pan. Chicago credits: A Christmas Carol (2014, 2015, and 2016), Rock ‘N’ Roll, Gas For Less and King Lear at Goodman Theatre; The Wheel at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Oklahoma! at Paramount 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 and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Blood and Gifts at TimeLine Theatre; 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), and is a recipient of the 2011 3Arts Artist Award.
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