Simina Contras



IMG_8627 (1)Simina is thrilled to be a company member with Trap Door Theatre where she can currently be seen as Edyta in No Matter How Hard We Try; This season she performed in How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients; The Duchess of Malfi and was also seen as Masha in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Jeff Nomination Best Actress in a Supporting Role). Other credits at Trap Door include Blood on the Cat’s Neck; The Balcony and the critically-acclaimed Chicago production and European Tour of Matei Visniec’s The Word Progress on my Mother’s Lips Doesn’t Ring True.

Simina received a BFA in Acting from the University of Sibiu, Romania and was seen for many years on the stages of The National Theatre of Sibiu (this beautiful theatre in Transylvania that she can proudly say it’s one of the most prestigious theatres in Europe) and the National of Bucharest. She has also performed in France, the UK (Edinburgh International Theatre Festival with the famous production of Faust ), Germany and others, touring great shows to theatre festivals around mother Europe. Elsewhere in Chicago, since her arrival in 2011, Simina has had the pleasure of working with First Folio (The Gravedigger); Oracle Productions (Circle Machine, The Sandman); Theatre Y (Medea); Right Brain Project (Titus Andronicus) and others.

Thankfully the best part of Trap Door’s great Fairytale Lives of Russian GirlsSimina Contras, remains an absolutely mesmerizing stage presence, even when it’s only her disembodied voice calling out bets on the patients’ window-watching game.

I would go to any show advertising her participation

Chicago Theater Beat -

How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients

Simina Contras is absolutely marvelous as Masha. Contras can play insanely outrageous with matter-of-fact intelligence and uncanny restraint. 

                                   Stage and Cinema -

Fairytale lives of Russian Girls 


…Contras steals the show even with a bit role! 

Stage and Cinema-

The Balcony


Pilch’s remount benefits greatly from Simina Contras’s coy turn as Phoebe, an inscrutable, murderous Kewpie doll turned sexpot.

Chicago Reader

Blood on the Cat’s Neck


From beginning to end, Phoebe (Simina Contras) skips through the 75-minutes with the aplomb of an intergalactic vampiric Betty Boop 

Stage and Cinema-

Blood on the Cat’s Neck


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Congratulations Jeff Awards Nominees: Marzena Bukowska,
Simina Contras
and Danny Rockett

Trap Door welcomes
Associate Ensemble members:
Dennis Bisto
Abby Blankenship
Nate Cheeseman
Daniel Chenard
Bill Gordon
Henry Greenberg
Logan Hulick
Emily Nichelson
Benjamin Ponce
Kelsey Shipley


Congratulations to our amazing Danny Rockett for recent Joseph Jefferson Award - Original Music in a Play for "How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients"
Time Out Chicago recognizes Trap Door as one of the best storefront theatres in the city!

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