Shade Murray joined the Ensemble in 2013 and formerly served as the Associate Artistic Director. At A Red Orchid, he has directed the world premieres of Grey House, Pilgrim’s Progress, and Sender, as well as productions of Small Mouth Sounds, Evening At The Talk House, 3C, Mud Blue Sky, The Butcher of Baraboo, The Aliens, Trevor, Abigail’s Party and Kimberly Akimbo, and the Incubator Series project "Reawakening Desire." He also performed in A Red Orchid's production of The Mutilated.
Other Chicago theaters where Shade has worked include Second City (Fatty Arbuckle…), Writers’ Theater (The Chosen, The Subject was Roses), Next Theater (End Days), Strawdog (The Petrified Forest, The Good Soul of Szechuan, R.U.R., Marathon ‘33, Detective Story, WRLS #5, Our Country’s Good), and Roadworks Theatre (Stupid Kids, Some Explicit Polaroids, Santaland Diaries, Never Swim Alone). Shade has also directed productions at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The House Theater, Steep Theater, Second City, Hell In A Handbag, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Shattered Globe Theatre, About Face Theatre and Chicago Moving Company.
He is a lecturer at the University of Chicago and teaches at DePaul University and Acting Studio Chicago.