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Jan 25th, 2011

Artistic & Administrative Staff
Associate Artistic Director – Meghan Reardon
Managing Director – Josh Johnson
Development & Community Engagement Director – Sarah Grant
Development Assistant – Lauren Sheely
Ensemble Liaison – Carrie Drapac
Graphic Designer – Bridget Schultz
Photographer – Austin D Oie

Board of Directors
President – Eric Evenskaas
Treasurer – Josh Johnson
Carrie Drapac
Lona Livingston
Sanjay Keswani

Company Member Bios


Derek Van Barham-Ensemble

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.

 

carrie-thumbCarrie Drapac-Ensemble / Ensemble Liaison

Carrie has been a proud Red Tape ensemble member since 2010.  Red Tape credits include: The Life and Death of Madam Barker, Stadium Devildare, The Skriker, Elephant’s Graveyard, Brand, Church/Pullman WA, The Love of the Nightingale, and Phenomena (CFANN 2012).  Other Chicago credits: Amok! (Links Hall), Pink Milk (Oracle & White Elephant Productions), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Circle Theatre), as well as numerous film and video projects.  She holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, having focused on musical theatre in the CAP21 program and film acting at Stonestreet Studios.  Carrie is also a personal trainer and co-founder/owner of boutique personal training studio, Comfy Fitness, in the Bucktown neighborhood.


amanda-thumbAmanda Drinkall-Ensemble

Red Tape credits: hamlet is dead. no gravity, Lear, The Skriker, Brand, The Love of the Nightingale, and Pullman, WA.  Chicago credits: Measure for Measure (Goodman Theatre), Pride & Prejudice (Lifeline Theatre), understudy roles at Victory Gardens Theatre as well as About Face Theatre, and Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Winter’s Tale, Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream all with Back Room Shakespeare Project.  Regional credits; Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Comedy of Errors and Romeo & Juliet, and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. Amanda holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is represented by Paonessa Talent.


Sarah for webSarah Grant-Development & Community Engagement Director / Ensemble

As Red Tape’s newest ensemble member, Sarah is very excited to be joining the company, after appearing as Bine in hamlet is dead. no gravity.  Other Red Tape Credits include Church/Pullman, WA. Chicago credits include: A Very Merry Madrigal (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre), Cleave (The Inconvenience), Sleeping Beauty and Godspell (Provision Theatre), Ephemera (Polarity Ensemble Theatre), Bah, Humbug! (Piccolo Theatre) and understudy roles at The House Theatre. She holds an M.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

 

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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.

 

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Izumi Inaba-Ensemble

Izumi has designed costumes for hamlet is dead. no gravity, Obscura,Tragedy: a tragedyElephant’s Graveyard, and The Skriker. Earlier this season she was invited to be invited to be Red Tape’s resident costume designer. Chicago credits include works with A Red Orchid, Porchlight, Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Dramatists and About Face, Griffin, Steep, Building Stage, The Hypocrites, Side Show, Mary-Arrchie, etc. She is a recipient of Jeff Award 2011 for makeup design of Cats (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre). MFA in Stage Design, Northwestern University.

 

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Josh Johnson-Managing Director

Josh has been directing in Chicago for over 10 years, working with Strangeloop Theatre, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, Black Elephant Theatre and Oil Lamp Theatre among others. In addition, he was a founding member and Artistic Director of Rubicon Theatre Project from 2005-2009 and has held administrative positions at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater and currently with the University of Chicago at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

 

KyleKyle Land-Ensemble

Kyle is a freelance Director, Designer, Technical Director, Carpenter/Welder/Scenic Painter, and Stagehand. He has been a member of Red Tape Theatre Company since Technical Directing and Lighting Designing Enemy of the People, and has since served as Lighting Designer for Mouse in a Jar, Obscura, Church/Pullman Wa. and Tragedy: A Tragedy, as well as Assistant Directing for The Love of the Nightingale. Area credits include various work with Steppenwolf, Adventure Stage, Fillament, Last Match, Theo Ubique, Metropolis, New World Rep, Side Project, House, and Timeline; along with technical directing for the National High School Institute “Cherubs” Program for the last three years. Kyle came to Chicago by way of Emporia State University where he received a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in English, then stayed on to serve as Technical Director for four years after graduation. Back in Kansas, Kyle co-founded both L.I.T.E. and IF Theatre, and directed the inaugural shows for both companies: How I Learned to Drive andFool for Love. He also directed several shows at ESU including A Bright Room Called Day, The Woman in Black, and My Left Breast, as well as, scenic and/or lighting designing numerous productions including Waiting for Godot, Cabaret, and Urinetown.

 

http://bravelux.comCharlotte Long-Ensemble

Charlotte Long 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.

 

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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-Ensemble

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.

 

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Meghan Reardon-Associate Artistic Director / Ensemble

Meghan joined Red Tape in 2010 after playing Philomele in The Love of the Nightengale. She has since performed in Obscura, Church/Pullman, The Gingerbread House, The Elephant’s Graveyard, Lear and is proud to currently serve as Associate Artistic Director. Elsewhere, she has performed in Pool (No Water) with Vitalist Theatre, Be A Good Little Widow with Collaboraction, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with Signal Ensemble, Dracula with The Building Stage, and many more. She is a native Kansan and a proud Knox College graduate. She is represented by Paonessa Talent.

 

Stephanie ShumStephanie Shum-Ensemble

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.

 

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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.

 

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Johnard Washington-Ensemble

Johnard recently moved to Chicago by way of Houston, Texas.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University studying theatre.  There, he was seen in a variety of roles: La Discreta Enamorada (Hernando); The Laramie Project (Greg Pierotti, et al.); Trouble in Mind (John Nevins); Our Lady of 121st Street (Flip Johnson); An Ideal Husband (Lord Goring) and many independent projects. Mr. Washington also worked closely with Kitchen Dog Theatre and the Orchestra of New Spain under the direction of Tina Parker, Gustavo Tambascio and Grover Wilkins III. In Chicago, Mr. Washington has worked primarily with Red Tape Theatre.  He was Hungry Townsperson inElephant’s Graveyard  directed by James Palmer and now can be seen in Churchill’s The Skriker where he plays Yallery Brown directed by Eric Hoff.  Mr. Washington is happy that Red Tape has been so welcoming to him and looks forward to growing as an artist doing cutting edge theatre.

 

Emeritus

Jesse Cannady
Nick Combs
William J. Davis
Laura Durham
Emily Guthrie
Robbie Hankins
Alex Kyger
Vic May
Mackenzie May Brown
Errol McLendon
Paul G. Miller
Becky Mock
Robert Oakes
James D. Palmer
Brandon Ray
Kathleen Rommond
Paige Sawin
Myah Shein
Krista Taylor
Mike Tepeli

 

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