Internationally-acclaimed playwright Christine Evans, originally from Australia, will now be teaching at Georgetown as an assistant professor in the Theater and Performance Studies Program. Evans holds a position at Harvard University as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer. According to the announcement made by Georgetown University, Evans said she chose to come to Georgetown for its ”international character, reputation for excellence and concern for social justice.”
She will be teaching two classes: Play Analysis and Real Things Onstage: Theaters of War and Witness. Many of her plays are about warfare, child soldiers, racial and class tensions, and the struggles of war victims.
Her most recent publication is Trojan Barbie, a play about an English tourist and doll repair expert who is sent back in time from present-day Troy to an ancient camp caught in the era of Euripedes’s The Trojan Women, written during the Peloponnesian War. This play will be performed at Georgetown next April at the Davis Performing Arts Center.
Evans also initiated and led the annual Harvard Playwrights Festival, an event that allows students to perform plays written by undergraduate artists just budding in their careers.
Maya E. Roth, director of Georgetown’s Theater and Performance Studies Program, called the hiring of Evans “a coup for Georgetown — and for Washington, D.C.” According to the Georgetown announcement, Evans started her career as an acrobat in an Australian women’s circus. It seems her work and mission is groundbreaking in many ways for theater faculty.
In Evans’s blog, she talks about what inspires her plays:
My plays usually have a social/political bent, but from a poetic perspective–I like to see (and make) theatre that takes me inside a dream or a vision, not message stuff–we get enough of that from politics and advertising.
You can find more information about her plays and educational or life background here.
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