Audacious Machine Creative is Jeffrey Nils Gardner & Eleanor Hyde.


Jeffrey Nils Gardner is a director, audio artist and engineer. They are the Executive Producer and Founder of HartLife NFP which produced the eight season award winning audio drama podcast Our Fair City and the critically acclaimed Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery. Jeffrey also spent ten years in various positions both educational and operational at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, and was an instructor in the theatre department at Kenyon College in Ohio. As a director and dramaturge, Jeffrey’s Chicago stage credits include Sideshow Theatre, the Steppenwolf Garage, Collaboraction, and WildClaw Theatre’s Deathscribe festival. Jeffrey holds a Masters in Sound Arts and Industries at Northwestern University.

Eleanor Hyde is a game designer, storyteller, and producer. She is an Executive Producer of HartLife NFP leading both the creative and operational direction of that team. As a game designer she produces highly narrative games under the moniker Rabbit Hole. Her work has included an escape room about the civil rights movement, a competitive cocktail party on the eve of the apocalypse, and an interactive fiction piece with a penpal in another universe. Eleanor has an MFA in Arts Administration & Leadership from DePaul University.