Artist Bio

Kareem Bandealy

Kareem Bandealy

(Bio as of October 2022)

Kareem Bandealy (Ghost of Jacob Marley/Young Marley/Topper) returns to the Goodman, having previously appeared in eight seasons of A Christmas Carol, as well as Rock ‘N’ Roll; Gas For Less and King Lear. Chicago credits include The Wheel (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Oklahoma! (Paramount Theatre); The Good Book and The Illusion (Court Theatre); Lookingglass Alice20,000 Leagues Under the SeasBlood WeddingMoby DickThe Little PrinceBig Lake Big City, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison and Peter Pan (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Julius Caesar, Hamlet, The Caretaker and Heartbreak House (Writers Theatre); Mother of the Maid (Northlight); Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s DreamEdward II and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Blood and Gifts and A Disappearing Number (TimeLine Theatre Company); The Real Thing and The Skin of Our Teeth (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Othello (The Gift Theatre), among others. Regional credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers and The Tempest (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Love’s Labours Lost (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival); Julius Caesar and Stuff Happens (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre) and four seasons at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He has appeared in several films including The Merry Gentleman, directed by Michael Keaton. Television credits include Chicago Fire. Bandealy is a recipient of the 2011 3Arts Artist Award and a 2022 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. He is an artistic producer and ensemble member at New Works at Lookingglass Theatre Company. His play, Act(s) of God, premiered there in February 2019.