Red Tape theatre stands in absolute solidarity with the black and brown lives who have for too long been brutalized by systemic violence and police brutality. We stand in absolute solidarity with those protesting in Chicago and nation-wide who seek justice for George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breona Taylor, and all the others whose lives have been taken by such gross injustice.

Our mission has always been to challenge audiences by disrupting expectations and redefining boundaries. We support any effort to upend the status quo of racism and violent white supremacy that exists within the bedrock of our country.  #blacklivesmatter

We are working to transform Red Tape into a place of resource for all during these ongoing pandemics, and today wish to share some organizations that work toward bettering POC communities, businesses affected by out-of-state looters, and protestors who have been wrongfully imprisoned:

Black Lives Matter Chicago –
Chicago Community Bond Fund –

My Block My Hood My City –
Assata’s Daughters –
Minnesota Freedom Fund –
Black Visions Collective –
Southern Poverty Law Center –

Brooklyn Bail Fund –


Updtes re: COVID-19

Due to the public health risk accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, Red Tape Theatre is suspending all planned public gatherings until further notice.

We would like to thank you for your patience and support, and we encourage you to take all necessary precautions to protect your health and that of our community. We will be back soon – stay tuned for for more information.


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Our Mission

We believe it essential to the welfare of our community that its members are able to see the world from multiple perspectives. Red Tape Theatre challenges audiences to think differently by disrupting expectations and by redefining the boundaries of the theatrical event. We apply our unique visual aesthetic to the social, political and cultural stories of our time, creating immersive and thought-provoking experiences for our audiences.

We are a free theatre.
We are an immersive theatre.
We are a theatre of images.
We are a theatre of ideas.

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The Free Theatre Movement

Beginning in 2018…

“The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas.” – John Kane

Red Tape believes that access to the arts is essential for our community’s ability to engage in a free exchange of ideas. As an art form, the immediacy of theatre provides a powerful platform for this exchange. We strive to remove the barriers that exist between our community and an increasingly commodified culture. Starting in January of 2018, we will offer all of our quality theatrical productions to the public free of charge.

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Who We Are

Red Tape Theatre is committed to the creation of new and experimental work through collaborations with our ensemble, playwrights, musicians, dancers, and visual artists. Red Tape’s plays invite our audiences to re-imagine their world and serve a vital purpose in our community: to arrest attention and create empathy.

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Work With Us

Red Tape Theatre prides ourselves on providing a supportive home for our artists and administrators. We are working to create a team of innovative thinkers, working across disciplines to create risky theatre. It is recommended that you see a Red Tape production before submitting.

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