(Bio as of October 2021)
Omer Abbas Salem is a Chicago actor and playwright. As an actor, he’s worked with Jackalope Theatre, Steep Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Griffin Theatre, The New Coordinates, The House, Bailiwick Chicago, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Atlantic Theater. His play Mosque4Mosque was developed through the National Queer Theater in 2020 and then chosen for further development through Steppenwolf Theatre’s SCOUT Program in 2021. The Secretaries was workshopped through The New Coordinates, a semi-finalist in Definition Theatre’s 2021 Amplify Commission and developed through Goodman Theatre’s Future Labs. Pretty Shahid was commissioned as part of Jackalope Theatre’s 2020/21 New Frontier Series and Love in the Time of Jonestown: A Radio Play was commissioned and recorded by The New Coordinates in 2021. He was an 2017/2018 apprentice of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and is an ensemble member with Steep Theatre and The New Coordinates. He was the recipient of the 2021 Cunningham Commission through DePaul University. He is represented by DDO Artist Agency and the Gersh Agency. omerabbassalem.com.