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Feb 23rd, 2016

Red Tape Theatre is proud to announce
the addition of nine new ensemble members!

We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these
long-time collaborators and friends into the company.

Derek Van Barham

Derek is the Artistic Director of The Ruckus and an Artistic Associate with Pride Films & Plays. Directing: Miracle! (Hell in a Handbag), Angry Fags (PFP/Steppenwolf Garage), Some Men (with David Zak), Kill Your Boyfriends (an original piece), and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Jeff nomination). Movement: Coraline the Musical (Black Button Eyes), La Chingada (Inappropriate Theatre), Matawan (The Ruckus), and pieces for Salonathon. Acting: The Skriker, Stadium Devildare, The Life & Death of Madame Barker (Red Tape Theatre), Hauptmann (Boho Theatre), and Wallace Shawn’s The Fever (The Island Theatre). This year, Derek was named one of Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30, honoring individuals from Chicago’s LGBTQIA communities. He currently improvises at The Annoyance with the team Baby Wine. MFA: CCPA/Roosevelt University.


bwAlex GrelleAlex Grelle

has been a Chicago based performer since 2009. He has been seen in Red Tape Theatre Company’s productions of The Life and Death of Madam Barker and Taylor Mac’s The Walk Across America For Mother Earth which was one of the 2015 Steppenwolf Garage Repertory productions. Recent work includes his own show: Shelley Duvall’s Women Under the Influence Theatre that was a part of an artist residency at University of Chicago through Salonathon. Alex has also been seen in Hell in a Handbag’s productions of: SCARRIEL’imitiation of LifeThe BirdsTROGG and Sexy Baby.


Steve Labedz

Steve Labedz is a sound designer and composer working in and around Chicago. He loves working on experimental theatre as he feels it gives him room to fully express his medium. Steve is also a managing partner with Bread & Roses Productions and the projection designer for the band Celine Neon, and thinks that writing in third person is hilarious.


Emma JadjiEmma Ladji

Emma Ladji has worked with several theater companies in Chicago. Favorites include Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Red Theater and, of course, Red Tape, where she appeared in Mnemonic. After graduating from Columbia College, Emma and a group of fellow alums formed the experimental performance collective Room 916, which has staged performances at the Chicago Home Theater Festival and the New Now Festival in Amsterdam. Emma can currently be seen in Red Theater’s production of Year of the Rooster. She is represented by Shirely Hamilton Talent.


http://bravelux.comCharlotte Long

Charlotte is a Chicago-born mover and writer, who graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied Literature and Theater.  For the last 2 years, she has been making and touring with the award-winning animation and cinematic shadow puppet company Manual Cinema, most notably at the International Puppet Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art and to the Noorderzon festival in the Netherlands. Credits with them include: Mementos Mori, My Soul’s Shadow, The Blow Up Bra, and The Secret Lives of Objects.  Other non-puppet Chicago credits include: Social Creatures (Tympanic Theater), King Ubu, and Ulysses (The Plagiarists), Salome (Right Brain Project) as well as work with Oracle Theater, Lifeline Theater, The Factory and Whiskey Rebellion. She assistant directed for The Ruckus’ Matawan and advised on the creation of the Neo Futurist’s new series The Arrow. With her dance background, Charlotte has taken her interest in movement and applied to it devised performance training in Viewpoints and Pig Iron’s Lacoq-based physical improvisation. You can see her short dance-theater pieces at Salonathon. Charlotte is represented by
Grossman & Jack.


bwRuth MargraffRuth Margraff

Ruth has been called a leader and one of America’s most singular and daring theater artists known for her “audaciously original” (Moscow Times) use of language that provides “layer after layer of richly textured emotion…and imminent danger” (Dallas Morning News). Best known in the US for her collaborations since 1997 with the late composer Fred Ho with whom she wrote six martial arts operas for the Apollo, Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music and several national tours, Ruth’s “Night Wind from Afghanistan” for the play SEVEN has toured all over the world, introduced by Hillary Clinton featuring Meryl Streep at the Broadway Hudson Theater (NYC). She performs regularly with her Café Antarsia Ensemble, receiving awards from Rockefeller, McKnight, Jerome, NEA, TCG, TMUNY, NYSCA, IAC, Fulbright foundations, published by Dramatists Play Service, American Theatre, Theater Forum, Performing Arts Journal, Playscripts, Inc., Backstage Books, Autonomedia, New Village Press, Innova RecordsNoPassport Press.  She performed Flower in Red Tape’s Taylor Mac play at Steppenwolf Garage, after working with Red Tape on her play Stadium Devildare in 2013. She’s currently writing Previously Blue with Dah Teatar (Belgrade) and 7Stages (Atlanta) presenting her Locket Arias with Nautilus’ Rough Cut new opera series (Mpls), etc.  She’s been a New Dramatist, a Chicago Dramatist and is Associate Professor/Chair of Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  www.RuthMargraff.com


Austin D. OieAustin D. Oie

Austin is about to celebrate his 10th year in Chicago! He’s been working in many areas of artistry, including acting, photography, music, composition… the list goes on. In addition to being a company member at Red Tape, he also is a member with Forks & Hope Theater Ensemble. The rich life is the artists life.


Stephanie ShumStephanie Shum

Stephanie is excited to join Red Tape Theatre where she appeared in Mnemonic. Other credits include Circle-Machine (Oracle Productions), reWILDing Genius (The New Colony/Steppenwolf Garage Rep), Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up (The New Colony), Alice (Nothing Without a Company), and understudying The Hundred Flowers Project (Silk Road Rising) and Equivocation (Victory Gardens). She is also an Ensemble Member at The New Colony (where she serves as Managing Director), an Artistic Associate at Nothing Without a Company, a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and is represented by Big Mouth Talent. She may next be seen in The Realization of Emily Linder at Redtwist Theatre.


bwJake SzczepaniakJake Szczepaniak

Jake was last seen as Draco Malfoy in Badfic Love (Den Theater). He also was in the long running Midwest premier of Mike Barlett’s Cock (Profiles Theatre). Other theatre credits include Burn This (Shattered Globe Theatre), Mnemonic (Red Tape Theatre), Unwilling and Hostile Instruments (Theatre Seven),  Changes of Heart (Remy Bumppo Theatre), Urinetown (Circle Theatre), and more, including work with Sideshow Theatre, Pride Films and Plays, The Hideout, (re)Discover Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Baliwick and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. A proud former member of the late Pavement Group Theatre, Jake is also a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Acting Program.