writer • actor • chicagoan


The Hunted:

August 2017 Workshop at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab

Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene
★★★★★ (out of ★★★★★)

“Such plays, in general, require heroes and villains… That you get something better is due, certainly, to the skill and ambition of playwright Evan Linder- but it is also due to the spirit of Alfred “Skip” Robinson who, by leading a contentious boycott, forced the town to look at itself, and become better… Take a moment to admire the art which Linder and this fine cast have put into it. There is not an ounce of judgment or condescension for these characters; their flaws are funny because they’re human.”

Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

“If this is not ‘Broadway Bound,’ I’d be surprised. It’s a perfect piece of writing… Let’s teach this play to our students to show what writing is; how characters are unique…and how well a playwright can balance humor and humanity.”

Terry Ponick, Communities Digital News
★★★½ (out of ★★★★)

“Linder perceives and sympathizes with all this social and racial confusion in a convincing yet subtle way, adding further to this drama’s depth and authenticity…In Byhalia, Mississippi, Linder’s small, well-crafted, semi-fictional southern town setting artfully lays out a human landscape significantly more sophisticated than the […] caricatures so favored by those who know nothing about this region.”

Imade Borha, Frederick News-Post

“Feels both fresh and fully fleshed out. The Marc Masterson-directed play has an authentic balance between dramatic tension and comedic relief… Byhalia, Mississippi is a play that will leave you with a sense of enduring hope.”

Robert Michael Oliver, DC Metro Theater Arts

“…amidst the gutter talk, the racist behavior, the working poor’s low life, and the familial muddle, an endearing respect emerges for the grit and determination and love of Laurel and Jim. And that is the beauty of Byhalia, Mississippi. Such empathy is rare indeed…Funny and enlightening.”


Byhalia, Mississippi is a phenomenal evening of entertainment directed by Marc Masterson and wonderfully written by Evan Linder.”

Contemporary American Theatre FestivalJuly 8th-30th






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.
published by chicago dramaworks
guest lecturer, university of chicago


Evan Linder is a founding member and the 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, Definition Theatre Company, Broken Nose Theatre, Bailiwick Chicago, Stage Left, Theater Wit, the side project and Bohemian Theater Ensemble during his time in the Windy City. Evan’s plays that have received their world premieres in Chicago include Byhalia Mississippi, 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 and has seen productions in over 35 States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Spain, Great Britain and Japan.

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 50 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 2016 and was named a finalist for the 2017 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. The Hunted will receive further development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab in August 2017. He recently reprised his role as Stuart in the remount of Broken Nose Theatre’s At the Table, winner of four 2017 Jeff Awards including Best Play and Best Ensemble. His newest play Jo & Liv received a staged reading at the Goodman Theatre in July 2017 directed by Krissy Vanderwarker.

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“This is a beautifully

acted and brutally
realistic exploration
of betrayal and the
price of truth….”
-Chicago Theater Beat


Evan Linder on Amazon

At The Table 

  One of the best shows you’re likely to see in 2017…
Agba, Linder and Weiss all give truly standout performances.
 -NewCity Stage
★★★★-Chicago Tribune
★★★★-Time Out Chicago



Interviews, Articles and Other Press


Byhalia, Mississippi
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
The Bear Suit of Happiness
 The Warriors
Rise of the Numberless


Adam Szymkowicz
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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