Trap Open


Trap Open explores non-traditional forms of playmaking, while developing and giving voice to the next generation of groundbreaking theatre artists.

In keeping with the promise to foster innovative forms of expression, Trap Door opens up its space to company members, as well as guest artists, to develop new work that exists outside the realm of a traditional theatrical run. These performances occur sporadically throughout the prime-time season as additional offerings during the week and late nights. Whether it is a workshop of a bold new play, a daylong performance installation, or a collaboration with artists from other mediums, Trap Open offers audiences thrilling, unexpected experiences while granting artists the opportunity to take risks that push their artistic practices to new heights.

Trap Door Theatre will offer to host and produce your project in our Bucktown space. We manage the box office through our online ticket sales and provide equipment use and promotion.

Interested in participating in the program? Send a brief proposal of your project and requirements for production to


Past Trap Open productions
  • Roxi Starr Live from the Closet and Just Say Blow Me, written by Susan Mele and Leah Ryan directed by Ed Cheetham & Gene Fouche, April 2021.
  • Reality Theatre, written by Julia Lederer and directed by Emily Lotspeich, February 2020
  • The Great Big Invisible Invisible, written and directed by Ambrose Cappuccio, September 2019
  • Childhood Beauty, written by Suz Evans and directed by Skye Fort, March 2019
  • There is No Power for the Electric Chair, written by Alexandar Sekulov, translated by Holly Karapetkova, and directed by Zlatomir Moldovanski, October 2018
  • Sad Happy Sucker, written by Lee Kirk and directed by Mike Steele, June 2018