Christine Evans was born in London and grew up in Perth, Western Australia. Prior to moving to the US in 2000, she played saxophone in Perth and Sydney bands and directed music for theatrical events, including her own plays.
She writes fiction, plays, opera libretti and essays. Her debut US novel, Nadia, is published by U Iowa Press (2023).
Three Marys, for which she wrote the opera libretto (Andrée Greenwell, composer), premiered at the Sydney Opera House in May, 2023, and is available for streaming worldwide from the opera house from September 24th, 2003.
Christine's award-winning plays have been produced in the U.S., Australia, Canada, England and Wales and published by Samuel French, Theatre Forum, in Smith & Kraus’ annual Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes collections (2010), Best Women’s Stage Monologues and Scenes (1999; 2010; 2014) and in Out of Time & Place: An Anthology of Plays, Vol 1. In 2013 NoPassport Press published a trilogy of her plays, War Plays. Excerpts and synopses of all her plays are on the New Play Exchange.
Selected productions include Can’t Complain (Spooky Action Theater, Washington, DC, 2015); You Are Dead. You Are Here. (HERE Arts, NYC, 2013); Trojan Barbie (American Repertory Theatre, 2009; Playbox Theatre, U.K. 2011; Charing Cross Theatre, London, 2011; Garage Theater, 2012; StreetSigns, NC, 2015 and elsewhere); Mothergun (Perishable Theatre, RI; Actors’ Theater; Emergency Theater Project, NY; Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and elsewhere); Weightless (Perishable Theatre); Slow Falling Bird (Crowded Fire, San Francisco; Metro Arts, Brisbane; Darwin Theatre Company and elsewhere), My Vicious Angel (Vitalstatistix; Belvoir St. Theatre; Adelaide International Festival, Australia; A.B.C. Radio Drama, Sydney) and Pussy Boy (Belvoir St. Downstairs). Her short play Fishbowl, produced by Red Fern (“30+NYC”) and the Boston Theater Marathon, was a finalist for the 2015 Heideken Award.
Christine’s plays have been read or work-shopped at the Young Vic and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London; the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, the hotINK Festival of New Plays, Synchronicity Theatre, Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey, Trinity Rep, the Irish Rep (NYC), Cutting Ball’s “Risk Is This” Festival, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Centenary Stage’s Women Playwrights’ Series, Spooky Action Theater, the Kennedy Center, the Process Series at UNC Chapel Hill, the Z Space, the Playwrights’ Center and elsewhere.
Christine is an Australian Fulbright alumna, an Affiliated Writer with the Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, a 2011 O’Neill Finalist, a 2010-13 Resident Artist at HERE Arts (NY), and a WP Theater Playwrights’ Lab Alum. She holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Brown. She served as Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on English at Harvard University from 2007-12. In 2012 she moved to Washington, DC, where she is a Professor of Performing Arts at Georgetown University.
Awards & Honors
Howard Foundation Fellowship, 2020
DC Council on the Arts & Humanities Fellowship, 2021
Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, 2014
The Corporation of Yaddo Artist Fellowship, 2014
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) Fellowship in Playwriting, 2013: You Are Dead. You Are Here.
RISCA Merit Award 2012, Can’t Complain.
E.S.T./ Sloan Foundation Seed Grant Award for You Are Dead. You Are Here., 2010
Rockefeller Center Bellagio Residency Fellowship, May 2011
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowships, 2011, 2017, 2021
Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Award, You Are Dead. You Are Here. 2010
Playwrights Theatre “Plays for the 21st Century”, First Prize, Trojan Barbie, 2009
RISCA Fellowship in Playwriting, Trojan Barbie, 2009
Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, Trojan Barbie, 2007
Rella Lossy Playwrights Award, San Francisco State University, 2004
Monash Association National Playwriting Award (Australia) 2004
Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2003
MacDowell Artists Colony Fellowship, 2002 2009 and 2017
Australian Fulbright Award in Visual and Performing Arts, 2000-2
Perishable Theatre Women’s Playwriting Competition (WPF) 2002 and 2001
Weston Award in Dramatic Writing, Brown University, Best Graduate Play, 2001
Australia Council New Media Award Funding to develop experimental libretto, 1999
Adelaide Critics Circle Award Outstanding Production (My Vicious Angel, Australia), 1998
Varuna Writers’ Centre Residency Fellowship, 1997; 2023