Rabid Bat Theatricals

Theatre and hamburgers.


Jae Daphne Kim and Sammy Zeisel (Co-Directors)

Jae and Sammy are friends, collaborators and co-directors. They majored in Theatre at Northwestern where they studied and worked with artists such as Michael Rohd, David Catlin and Laura Schellhardt. They have directed Kafka on the ShoreFrank Galati's adaptation of the Haruki Murakami novel, and kids, an ensemble piece inspired by Patti Smith's Just Kids. They are grateful and excited to embark on their third co-directing effort with Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Stage Management

Amalie Vega (Stage Manager)

Amalie Vega is a recent graduate of Northwestern University and a Chicago transplant from Berkeley, California. She is super super pumped to be working with these crazy kids on her first project after school. When not stage managing she can be found running, drinking beer, or basking in sunshine. 

Emma Horvath (Assistant Stage Manager)

Emma Horvath is an up-and-coming stage manager in the Chicago area, and is so excited to be working on Midsummer. She is currently earning her BA in Theatre from Northwestern University. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Cole!


Hannah Fisher (Space Design)

Hannah is a senior Theatre and English double major at Northwestern. Her primary focus in theatre is direction, but she enjoys dabbling in space and sound design. She will be directing The Who's Tommy in May.

Kaitlyn Andrews (Space Design)

Kaitlyn is a rising senior and theatre maker at Northwestern University. Kaitlyn has always been interested in theatre from a visual standpoint, but this is her first time actually space designing for a project. She's super grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate on this project.

Alex Benjamin (Makeup/ Hair)

Alex is a rising senior at Northwestern University, where he directs, designs, and writes music. Most recent makeup and hair design was Sweeney Todd directed by Abby Pajakowski. He is looking forward to directing an immersive adaptation of Doctor Faustus this fall at Northwestern, and continuing to develop Riot Antigone, a new punk musical, with Jae Kim.


Juli Del Prete (Graphic Design) 

Juli is delighted to be working on this production of Midsummer! Past graphic design work includes Pink Milk (Oracle Productions), the 71st and 72nd Annual Dolphin Shows, and over forty other productions at Northwestern University. Her less marketable skills include acting, writing, and Snapchatting. Portfolio: julidp.foliohd.com.

Jared Sprowls (Costumes)

Jared is an actor, playwright and costume designer currently studying theatre and dance at Northwestern University. Past design credits include costume design for Cloud 9 and assistant designer for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. This Fall, Jared will be costume designing Dr. Faustus and directing Melancholy Play at Northwestern University.


Dylan Pickus (Dramaturg)

Dylan likes theatre and a lot and works his hardest to have other people like it a lot as well. He just graduated from Northwestern University - look for him with his head stuck in a book or furiously scribbling notes in his lime green knock-off Moleskine.

Patrick Budde (Puck/ Composer)

Patrick is an active composer, having written original music for Romeo and Juliet at Moody's Pub (Rabid Bat) Kafka on the Shore, Four Baboons Adoring The Sun (Northwestern), and Who Rowed Across Oceans (a brand new play by Lost Compass Collective


Other music projects here!




Ned Baker (Artistic Producer)

Ned directed Rabid Bat's inaugural show, Romeo and Juliet at Moody's Pub, and returns this year to produce Midsummer. Ned has directing or assistant directing credits with Rabid Bat, The Hypocrites, and Buzz22 Chicago.

Matt Dealy (Events Coordinator/ Assistant Producer)

Hi, I'm Matt. Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I am so grateful to be working with this group of people on a show that is as arresting and celebratory, joyous and tragic as when it was first quilled in what I assume was a chaotic loft apartment akin to a studio in Pilsen. If you love to laugh, you'll love Rabid Bat. If you keen to feel alive, you'll love Rabid Bat. If a desperate obsession lurks in your soul and keeps you awake at night, you'll love Rabid Bat.

Ross Lemmon (Artistic Producer)

Ross is producing for the second year in a row, serving as Artistic Producer for Romeo and Juliet at Moody's Pub, in which he also played Mercutio.  Ross is an actor and designer who has worked with, among other companies, Rabid Bat, The Runaways and Buzz22 Chicago.

Jake Pollock (Business Producer)

Jake is producing his second show for Rabid Bat, previously having business produced and generally wrangled Romeo and Juliet at Moody's Pub. Jake has also worked in artistic and producorial capacities with Rabid Bat and American Theatre Company.