Sharon Evans

Location Chicago
Occupation playwright

About Me

I am Artistic Director and one of the founders of Live Bait Theater in Chicago, a theater that specializes in new work and a playwright. Four of my plays have been awarded developmental support from the National Endowment for the Arts. My play, “ Blind Tasting”, received a Jeff Citation for Best New Work in 2003. My most recent play “Escape”, inspired by Chicago female Police Officers in the sex crimes unit, premiered in 2007. Most recently I directed Nicole Hollander’s solo shows, “ Plastic Surgery Or A Really Good Hair Cut” (2006) and “ Tales of Graceful Aging From the Planet Denial” (2007). I have a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have taught at Chicago Dramatists and guest-lectured at the School of the Art Institute, Loyola University, and Columbia College. Currently I am an artist in residence at Sullivan High School where I am teaching Memoir and Personal Biography.

Why do you write?

Finding inspiration: Being out in the world and meeting and talking to a wide range of people. Then finding time alone to process it all. I love the act of writing; I enjoy the word play, the ideas and the unpredictable quality of the process. I like having my writing go places I didn't expect. In the early stages of a project I like doing the research and discovering new details on selected topics.

Any favorite authors? Books?

When I am in the middle of a writing project, I like reading non-fiction. I devour biographies. I like true crime non-fiction as well as mysteries. Henning Mankell, the Swedish mystery writer is a current favorite. I look forward to reading the Best American Crime Reporting Anthology every year. I enjoy Joan Didion and Vivian Gornick's personal memoir and essay work. As far as the classics go, I like Edith Wharton and Henry James.
My favorite book is Anna Karenina. My favorite authors include MFK Fisher, Alice Munro and Raymond Carver. I am in the middle of reading Bridge of Signs, by Richard Russo and am enjoying that.

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Darryl Price – May 20, 2009


aimée laberge – Nov 10, 2008

Hi Sharon! I'm here present on Fictionaut under my pen name Aimée Laberge... but also contacted you for Focus on the Arts. Want to hear more about your memoir workshop!

Jessica West – Oct 24, 2008

LOVE the picture

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