co-artistic director, the new colony
writer represented by icm partners
actor represented by bmg talent
member of the dramatists guild of america
published by samuel french inc., 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 is currently a member of the Goodman Theatre’s 2016-17 Playwrights Unit and teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago. Evan is a proud graduate of the College of Charleston where he was named Alumni of the Year in 2016. He 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 Jim in Byhalia, Mississippi, 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 before directing 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 that has now welcomed over 40 emerging playwrights.
His 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. Byhalia received six nominations including Best Production at the 2016 Non-Equity Jeff Awards where Evan was given the Jeff Award for Best New Work.
In summer of 2016, Evan directed the world premiere of William Glick’s Kin Folk for The New Colony and reprised his role as Jim in the remount of Byhalia, Mississippi at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His play The Hunted, co-written with Paul Oakley Stovall, received its first public reading at About Face’s First DrAAft Series in August.
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Byhalia, Mississippi in American Theatre Magazine
Byhalia, Mississippi in Post and Courier
Byhalia, Mississippi in Memphis Flyer
Byhalia, Mississippi in NOW Toronto Magazine
College of Charleston Magazine
Chicago Tribune’s RedEye
Chelsea Marcantel on Making Conversation
Chicago Magazine: Theatre Scene Stealers
Theater in the Now
The Bear Suit of Happiness in Windy City Times
ReWILDing Genius at University of Chicago
The Warriors with Arts at UD
The Warriors in The Commercial Appeal
The Warriors in Time Out Chicago
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