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For general inquiries, contact

Please be aware that Trap Door has a very limited staff. There may be a delay in responding to your voicemail. We apologize in advance.

Trap Door box office:

Donor relations manager:

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Casting and submissions:

Playwright submissions:

Artistic director Beata Pilch:

Trap Door Theatre has become the go-to company in town for presenting smart and uncompromising contemporary European work.

Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune

– they are the foremost purveyors avant-garde theater in Chicago.

Venus Zarris

Become a board member

We’re looking for a few theatre lovers to join our board of directors. Please contact Beata Pilch or email our general inbox for information.

Trap Door Theatre
1655 W. Cortland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Where is Trap Door Theatre?

– Hidden down a narrow walkway, next to a bar, behind a restaurant, on a side street in Bucktown is a black trap door that opens into the extremes of theatrical imagination. You could drive by it and easily miss this purgatorial paradise of the sublime surreal.

Venus Zarris, Gay Chicago Magazine


Trap DoorTheatre holds season general auditions in late fall in Bucktown. We hold invited-only callbacks for each production 3-4 months in advance of the show’s opening date. We place all public audition notices for Season Generals in PerformInk and League of Chicago Theatres. Headshots for our files are accepted year-round. Cover letters are appreciated. Please send your materials to the following address:

Trap Door Theatre
1655 West Cortland
Chicago, IL 60622


We accept directors’ proposals, accompanied by a resume, as well as resumes from scenic designers, stage managers, lighting designers, sound designers, and all other artistic and technical personnel at the address above.