co-artistic director, the new colony
playwright represented by icm partners
actor represented by bmg talent
member of the dramatists guild of america
plays published by samuel french inc. and chicago dramaworks
guest lecturer, university of chicago
Evan Linder is a founding member and the Co-Artistic Director of The New Colony in Chicago, IL. He works as a playwright, actor and director. He also teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Evan has had the pleasure of working with Victory Gardens, The Inconvenience, Collaboraction, Bailiwick Chicago, the side project and Bohemian Theater Ensemble during his time in the Windy City. Favorite New Colony roles he has created include Kirk in Hearts Full of Blood, Tasty in Down & Derby and Randy in Pancake Breakfast. Evan’s first play produced in Chicago, FRAT, was named as one of the Best of 2009 in the Chicago Tribune, Windy City Times and New City. Other works include 11:11, The Warriors, The Bear Suit of Happiness, B-Side Studio and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which was named Best Overall Production at the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival and is published by Samuel French. 5 Lesbians also enjoyed an Off-Broadway run as part of the Soho Playhouse’s 2012-2013 season. His play The Bear Suit of Happiness and his hybrid stageplay/sitcom/webseries B-Side Studio (co-written with Hit the Wall playwright Ike Holter) both received their world premieres in Chicago in 2013, and he was recently listed on Chicago Magazine’s Power List of Theater Scene Stealers.
Evan originated the roles of Jonathan in reWILDing Genius as part of the Steppenwolf Garage Rep and Orville in Orville and Wilbur Did It! with The New Colony in 2014. He recently directed the world premiere musical Plastic Revolution as The New Colony’s first show in residence at The Den Theatre. He also created The New Colony’s Writers Room in 2015, an education program he leads for twenty emerging Chicago playwrights.
His new play Byhalia, Mississippi received simultaneous world premiere productions on January 8th, 2016 at theatres in Chicago, Toronto, Memphis and Charleston SC. The following week, theatres in Boulder, Los Angeles and Birmingham produced staged readings of the play before a live online World Premiere Conversation was held connecting audiences and creative teams in all seven cities. Work in development includes The Hunted, co-written with Paul Oakley Stovall and The Issue which is currently in workshops with The New Colony.
This summer, Evan will direct the world premiere of William Glick’s Kin Folk opening July 8th for The New Colony and will reprise his role as Jim in the remount of his play Byhalia, Mississippi opening July 22nd at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
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Interview with College of Charleston Magazine
Interview with Chicago Tribune’s RedEye
Interview with Chelsea Marcantel on Making Conversation
Named on Chicago Magazine’s 2013 Power List of Theatre Scene Stealers
Interview: Adam Szymkowicz
Interview with Theater in the Now
Interview on The Bear Suit of Happiness in Windy City Times
Feature Story on ReWILDing Genius at University of Chicago
Interview on The Warriors with Arts at UD
Feature Story on The Warriors in The Commercial Appeal
Feature Story on The Warriors in Time Out Chicago
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