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Christine Evans in a creative theatrical setting, reflecting her passion for playwriting and opera libretto writing.


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

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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

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