Artistic & Administrative Staff
Artistic Director – Brandon Ray
Associate Artistic Director – Meghan Reardon
Managing Director – Josh Johnson
Casting Director – Laura Durham
Casting Associate – Luke Grimes
Literary Manager - Jesse Cannady
Ensemble Liaison - Carrie Drapac
Photographer – Austin D Oie
Company Manager – Emily Guthrie
Producing Director – Kyle Land
Costume Designer – Izumi Inaba
Company Member Bios
Jesse has been awarded fellowships at the Kennedy Center, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and with the Dekeyser Foundation in Hamburg, Germany. In addition, he has worked with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Rep, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, New York’s Horse Trade Company and Chicago’s Noe-Futurists. He is an alumnus of Illinois State University and an associate company member with The New Colony.
Nick joined with Red Tape Theatre in 2009. Originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts, Nick holds a B.A. in Theatre from Westfield State College where he is a co-founder of the Student Theatre Association. He studied as an Acting Apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville 07′ – 08′. Currently an Artistic Associate for Two Birds Casting. Red Tape credits: Enemy of the People, The Love of the Nightingale, Obscura: A Voyeuristic Love Story, The Gingerbread House, Elephant’s Graveyard, Stadium Devildare as well as numerous Fresh Eyes readings. Other credits; Rhino Fest. 09′, Hanger9′s Boys’ Life, About Face’s XYZ Festival – Man in Love, Sketchbook Festivals X, XI, and played Alfie in the Egg & Alfie show.
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.
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.
Laura is happy to be Red Tape Theatre’s Casting Director. She is also is the Casting assistant at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. She moved to Chicago in May of 2012 to start her internship at Goodman Theatre in the Casting Department. Before she was working at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and graduated from DePauw University in 2011.
Emily joined the Red Tape family in December 2010 and became Company Manager in April 2011. She has served as Scenic Designer for Lear, Skriker, Elephants Graveyard, and Tragedy: A Tragedy. As well as Properties Master for The Gingerbread House, Brand, Obscura, and The Love of the Nightingale. Originally from Cincinnati OH, Emily earned a BFA/Scenic Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is a graduate of the Properties Apprenticeship Program at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Emily is a freelance designer and artist in Chicago. Area credits include Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, TimeLine, A Red Orchid, Redtwist Theatre Company, The Music School at DePaul University, Highland Park Players, Emerald City Theatre Co, and Harpo Studios. Emily is currently the properties overhire at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
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.
Izumi Inaba-Costume Designer
Izumi is very excited to be joining the Red Tape ensemble. She has designed costumes for hamlet is dead. no gravity, Obscura,Tragedy: a tragedy, Elephant’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.
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.
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.
Lona’s participation in hamlet is dead. no gravity marked her 5th production in a Red Tape show. She was also featured in Red Tape’s Brand, Enemy of the People, The Love of the Nightingale and Obscura. Favorite roles include Picnic, Isn’t it Romantic. Cabaret, and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, at theatres in Tennessee and Florida. She founded and directed the Theater for Young Audiences in Gainesville, Florida, adapting children’s classics into a participatory form of theater. Lona heads the Government Relations program at Columbia College Chicago and especially enjoys raising money for the arts. Lona is very proud to be an ensemble member and believes in the mission and artistic vision of the theatre.
Brandon is Red Tape’s new Artistic Director, and was formerly the inaugural Artistic Director of Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre. While at New Leaf, he directed the Joseph Jefferson award-nominated productions of As It Is In Heaven and the US premiere of David Hare’s The Permanent Way. Other Chicago directing credits include Reckless and Accelerando at New Leaf, Three Hymns of Apathy at the side project, With Every Wish at Petri Dish Theatre and Beatrice and Beau at Collaboraction’s 9th Sketchbook festival. This Fall, he will direct the world premiere of Bilal Dardai’s The Sovereign Statement for the Neo-Futurists.
Brandon received his MFA in Directing from Illinois State University’s prestigious School of Theatre and Dance last May. He teaches theatre and literature at both Prairie State College in Chicago Heights and the University of St. Francis in Joliet. He currently lives in Frankfort with his wife Amy and three year-old son Charlie.
Meghan Reardon-Associate Artistic Director
Meghan Reardon 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.
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.
William J. Davis
Mackenzie May Brown
Paul G. Miller
James D. Palmer