Artist Bio

Sharon Evans

(Bio as of February 2022)

Sharon Evans was Artistic Director of Live Bait Theater in Chicago, from 1987 to 2008. During her tenure Live Bait Theater created over 200 world premieres and was nominated for over 50 Jeff awards, predominately in the area of new work.

She has a degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Chicago Dramatists and Goodman Theater and guest-lectured at the School of the Art Institute, North Park University, Loyola University and Columbia College.

Her play Blind Tasting, was awarded a Jeff Citation award for Best New Work in 2003. In 2008 Evans was an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Finalist and in 2013 a recipient for the Chicago City Arts Fund. Four of her plays have been awarded developmental support from the National Endowment for the Arts. She created the popular solo work festival “Fillet of Solo” which is now presented by Lifeline Theater, now in it’s 25th years.

Her community work includes “ Police, Teen, Link” a program designed to rebuild trust between police and teens though improv and acting. She has also taught theater classes at The Better Boys Foundation and the Homan Square Park District in the Lawndale community.