American Demigods

American Demigods is a Chicago based not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to producing original works, and original productions of established works, which embody the qualities of excellence, beauty, and moral vision. We want to tell stories about how to be human, how to be good, and how to be semidivine.

The AD Board

  • Rory Leahy

    Rory Leahy is the primary mover and founding force behind American Demigods.  An actor and playwright, Rory is a former member of the Penny Dreadful Players at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  These days, he fills his time as an evil genius.  Seriously.  He hits us.  Hard.  Do not cross him.
  • Lisa Wilhelm Kennelly

    Lisa Wilhelm Kennelly is a graduate of the UIUC School of Music. She also holds a Master's Degree in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago, making her the business guru of the American Demigods. She was a theatre kid in high school, sings, plays bass and guitar, and was last seen on stage singing in last season's Old Tyme Variety Show at Gorilla Tango Theatre. She is a dedicated volunteer at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and spends her spare time trying desperately to achieve the impossible.
  • David Wilhelm

    David met Sam and Rory working with the Penny Dreadful Players while attending UIUC.  He went on to enroll in Illinois State University's acting program where he graduated summa cum laude.  He then moved to Chicago where he began working with any company that would give him a place to stand and a line to say.  He can be reached through his website,
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