Bilal Dardai is a writer and performer who has worked for nearly two decades in Chicago’s vibrant live theatre scene. He spent 12 years as an ensemble member with the acclaimed artistic collective The Neo-Futurists, three of those years as the company’s Artistic Director, serving on the creative teams for their productions A Very Neo-Futurist Christmas Carol, CRISIS: A Musical Game Show, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Redletter, and The Food Show. Bilal is a regular at Chicago’s many live-literature events, providing essays and social commentary for Write Club and The Paper Machete. He is also member of the writing staff for award-winning audio drama Pleasure Town and has recently embarked on a new audio project with HartLife, creators of Our Fair City. His plays include: Contraption, Vox Pandora, Redeemers, The Sovereign Statement (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, Best New Work), and The Man Who Was Thursday (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, Best New Work – Adaptation). Bilal has also appeared in the independent films Unexpected (dir. Kris Swanberg) and Operator (dir. Logan Kibens). He lives in Evanston with his wife and son.