Max Truax

resident director

Max Truax has directed Trap Door’s productions of The Balcony, by Jean Genet, A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians, by Dorota Maslowska, No Darkness Round My Stone, by Fabrice Melquiot, and composer Jonathan Guillen’s original operatic interpretation of Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine.  His production of  A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians performed at the Fun Underground Festival in Arad, Romania and at the Bagatela Theatre in Krakow, Poland.  Max also directed Trap Door’s staged readings of Dorota Maslowska’s No Matter How Hard We Tried and Matei Visniec’s What Shall We Do With the Cello for the International Voices Project.  Other recent directing credits include A Dream Play for University of Illinois at Krannert Center and No Beast So Fierce, The President, The Mother, and Woyzeck for Oracle Theatre, where he is serving as Artistic Director.  Max studied visual art, performance art, and choreography at Oberlin College and received his MFA in Theatre Directing from California Institute of the Arts


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

Trap Door welcomes
Associate Ensemble members:
Denis 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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