SAE_AD1_Adj2_WebExecutive Artistic Director

Founding Member

Since 1993, under Evans’ guidance, TACT has grown to become one of New York City’s most respected not-for-profit theater companies. With its Concert Performance and Salon presentations (staged readings in a theatrical style developed with the company by Evans) and its Off-Broadway productions, TACT has unearthed and Evans has produced and/or directed over 150 forgotten or neglected plays, bringing many back to the canon of plays produced.  The company has garnered consistent critical praise and was named “Company of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal in January 2013 for the quality of its work: “Smart programming, superlative productions, a track record of consistent excellence: TACT is what Off-Broadway ought to be.”  Evans’s productions of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy, T.S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party and A.R. Gurney’s Children were among TACT’s most successful.  Other productions for TACT include: Home by David Storey, The Sea by Edward Bond, The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt, Three Men on a Horse by George Abbott & John Cecil Holm, Happy Birthday by Anita Loos, Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang and Hard Love by Motti Lerner.  In 2002 Evans adapted and directed the US premiere of Noel Coward’s Long Island Sound and in 2004 conceived, co-wrote, and directed the world premiere of The Triangle Factory Fire Project – a devised work based on trial transcripts and first person accounts from the historic 1911 disaster.  The play has been published by Dramatists Play Services and continues to be presented in productions across the country.  More recently his adaptation of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer was seen Off-Broadway last season.

Evans launched TACT’s new play development program, newTACTics, in 2011.  Since its inception, newTACTics has presented 29 new plays in its annual New Play Festival, many of which have gone on to full productions in theatres across the country.  Most recently, Evans directed Ken Jones’ play Hollywood, Nebraska, which was developed by newTACTics in 2016, at the Wyoming Theatre Festival in Sheridan, WY and at the Actors Theatre of Indiana in Carmel, IN

In addition to his work with TACT, Evans wrote and directed the musical, Goose! Beyond the Nursery (3 Outer Critic Circle Award nominations including Best Off-Broadway Musical). Other recent NY Theatre: Joseph Hayden’s The Seven Last Words… (Chamber Music Society – Lincoln Center); She Stoops to Conquer, The Constant Wife (NYU Grad. Acting).

An experienced theater educator, Evans has led workshops and taught classes in acting, improvisation, text analysis, and performance across the county and in Canada.

Mr. Evans served for ten years as Artistic Director of the American Musicals Project (AMP), where he was instrumental in helping creating an academic curriculum in Social Studies and English Language Arts using American Musical masterworks and historic primary sources from the New-York Historical Society. Each April, from 1999 to 2007, he  produced and directed AMP’s an annual concert series celebrating great musical theater writers at the theatre at the NY Historical Society.   The popular series featuring Broadway headliners, musical theatre experts, and theatrical legends.

Education: BFA, Boston Univ., School for the Arts (magna cum laude, Edward E. Stein Award recipient), former student and assistant to Michael Howard at the Michael Howard Studios. Member: SDC; Dramatist Guild.

Productions with TACT:

2017/18: Three Wise Guys (world premiere)
2017/18: Salute to the Brave (world premiere)
2016/17: Three Wise Guys (newTACTics)
2016/17: She Stoops to Conquer
2015/16: Mr. Bigger’s Baby (newTACTics)
2015/16: She Stoops to Conquer
2015/16: Hard Love
2014/15: The Art of Bad Men (newTACTics)
2014/15: French Without Tears
2013/14: Beyond Therapy
2012/13 Damsels (newTACTics)
2012/13: Happy Birthday
2012/13: Broadway
2012/13: You Can’t Take It With You
2012/13: The Matchmaker
Summer 2012: Canaries Sometimes Sing
2011/12: Semi-Monde
2011/12: Children
2010/11: Three Men on a Horse
2009/10: The Cocktail Party
2009/10: The Devil Passes
Summer 2009: Private Lives Revealed
2008/09: Incident at Vichy
2007/08: The Runner Stumbles
Summer 2007: Light Up the Sky
2006/07: The Sea
2006/07: Home
2005/06: A Handsome Man
2005/06: Dear Liar
2005/06: Watch on the Rhine
Summer 2005: U.S.A.
2004/05: R.U.R
2004/05: Home
2004/05: The Firebugs
Summer 2004: Three Men on a Horse
2003/04: The Triangle Factory Fire Project (world premiere)
2003/04: Fathers and Sons
2003/04: The Marriage of Bette & Boo
Summer 2003: The Butter and Egg Man
2002/03: U.S.A.
2002/03: The Potting Shed
2002/03: The Rivals
2002/03: Happy Birthday
Summer 2002: The Rivals
2001/02: Long Island Sound (world premiere)
2001/02: Widowers’ Houses
2001/02: Look Homeward, Angel
2001/02: The Waltz of the Toreadors
Summer 2001: The Solid Gold Cadillac
2000/01: The Bald Soprano
2000/01: The Apollo of Bellac
2000/01: The Admirable Crichton
2000/01: First Lady
Summer 2000: Importance of Being Earnest
1999/00: Boy Meets Girl
1999/00: Family Reunion
1999/00: Idiot’s Delight
1999/00: Morning’s at Seven
Summer 1999: Hay Fever
1998/99: Auntie Mame
1998/99: The Dog It Was That Died
1998/99: You Can’t Take It With You
Summer 1998: The Torch-Bearers
1997/98: The Torch-Bearers
1997/98: Mademoiselle Colombe
1997/98: Light Up the Sky
1997/98: The Play’s the Thing
1996/97: The Matchmaker
1996/97: The Cocktail Party
1996/97: Three Men on a Horse
1996/97: Heartbreak House
1995/96: The Women
1995/96: The Beauty Part
1995/96: Fashion
1994/95: Androcles and the Lion
1994/95: The Madwoman of Chaillot
1994/95: Hay Fever
1993/94: The Sea Gull
1993/94: Rhinoceros
1993/94: Mrs. Warren’s Profession
1992/93: Learned Ladies
1992/93: Mrs. Warren’s Profession
1992/93: Uncle Vanya