Nora Leahy is a Chicago-based playwright and theatre artist. Nationally, her work has been developed or produced at Lean Ensemble Theater (Hilton Head, SC); The Shuler Theater (Raton, NM); Nashville Story Garden (Nashville, TN); The Arden (Philadelphia, PA); Actors Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC). In Chicago, her work has been seen at The New Colony, The Greenhouse Theater, Victory Gardens, and Jackalope Theatre Company. Her plays have been nationally recognized, including BADLANDS (Relentless Award Honorable Mention, 2019); IF YOU FORGET ME (Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist, 2019); and THE BRIDGE (Woodward Newman Award Finalist, 2017). Nora was the recipient of the 2020 Haas Fellowship at PlayPenn in Philadelphia on behalf of BADLANDS.
Nora currently serves as Managing Director of Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago, a company committed to cultivating theatre that manifests the adventure deeply rooted in the American mythos. Previously, she served as Business Manager of Lookingglass Theatre Company and Managing Director of Two Pigs Productions. In 2018, Nora was named one of the “50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago Theatre” by NewCity Magazine.