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Shade Murray

Shade Murray has directed The Aliens, The Butcher of Baraboo, Abigail's Party, Kimberly Akimbo, Trevor, Mud Blue Sky (A Red Orchid Theatre), The Chosen, The Subject was Roses (Writers' Theatre), Fatty Arbuckle... (The Second City), End Days (Next Theatre Company), The Petrified Forest, The Good Soul of Szechuan, R.U.R., Marathon ‘33, Detective Story, WRLS #5, Our Country's Good (Strawdog Theatre Company), The Shadow over Innsmouth (Wildclaw Theatre), Love Tapes (The Inconvenience), Stupid Kids, Some Explicit Polaroids, Santaland Diaries, Never Swim Alone (Roadworks Productions); as well as productions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Shattered Globe Theatre, About Face Theatre and Chicago Moving Company.

Shade is an ensemble member with A Red Orchid Theatre and has taught at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, National Louis University, National High School Institute, Piven Theatre Workshop, Act One Studios and Actors Gymnasium.



Shade's class is one of my favorite acting classes I have ever taken. His clear and thoughtful feedback helped me to streamline my focus and work intentionally on roles outside my comfort zone. The classroom was a safe space to try new things and focus on one thing at a time...a blessing to my overactive "actor brain." My work is 10 times better.

— Hanna Beth Mitchell

Shade Murray (Masters Scene Study) met each of us where we were. [He] provided specific, insightful, actionable observations and suggestions concerning our execution of scenes, [and] offered macro- level conceptual frameworks by which to understand and approach scene work.

— Mike Rogalski

Shade Murray (Masters Scene Study) talked about focusing on History, Mystery, and Discovery and it really helped me target goals for my work. He is so encouraging, even when giving constructive feedback. It's so freeing. I learned so much in this class that I can take right into rehearsal; it really is amazing.

— Meredith Brasher

Shade Murray (Master Scene Study) can work a scene like nobody's business.

— Huy Nguyen

"I loved it (Master Scene Study with Shade Murray). It felt like working during a rehearsal as opposed to just performing."

— Master Scene Study with Shade Murray Student