John Kahara


John Kahara has been a member of the Trap Door ensemble since 2002.  Some of his most memorable productions are Nana, Katzelmacher, The Swan, Horses At The Window, Beholder, Chaste, the word progress on my mother’s lips doesn’t ring true, Me Too, I am Catherine DeNueve and The Crazy Locomotive (NYC Fringe).  Most recently John has appeared in The Balcony, The Dutchess of Malfi, John Doe (Teatr Witkazy, Zakopane, Poland), Fantasy Island for Dummies and Phedre.  Assistant Directing credits for Trap Door include Eva Peron, 12 Ophelias, The Swan and Cookie Play.  He has performed with Trap Door twice at the prestigious International Theater Festival of Sibiu, and also toured with Me Too, I am Catherine DeNueve (France) and John Doe (Poland).  John can also be seen in the work of Visual Artist, Catherine Sullivan (The Ice Floes of Franz Josef Land, The Chittendens, and Triangle of Need).  Besides Trap Door, he has also worked with Steep Theater, The Hypocrites and Act II Stages (Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX).


John Kahara’s Cardinal, a man of the cloth who regularly enjoys the pleasures of the flesh in his own clinical way, provides the cold-steel resolve… -Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune



Kahara as the nebbish Ree does an excellent job of playing up Ree’s patient restraint, which makes his sudden outbursts of insanity all the more impactful. -Keith Ecker, Chicago Theater Beat


John Kahara displays excellent comic timing as Biedermann servant Anna… -Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat


John Kahara is subtle and bawdy and conflicted and sure as Paul Ree – J Scott Hill, Chicago Stage Review