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John Evans

Associate Chair of the Dance Department

John Evans has been dancing and lighting dance, theater, and music since 1980. He received a master of arts degree in dance from the Ohio State University in 1987 and then moved to New York City, where he danced with the Victoria Marks Performance Company for five years. He has also danced in the companies of Colin Conner, Monica Levy, Robin Becker, John Jasperse, and the Pittsburgh Dance Alloy.

His choreography has been performed in New York City, regionally, and internationally. He has twice been a choreographer and teacher at The Yard. Evans has had work commissioned by Steele Dance, Thompson & Trammel, James Madison University, University of Maryland at College Park, and Hofstra University.

For the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Evans has choreographed productions of A Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Threepenny Opera.

Evans has received grants from the Pittsburgh Dance Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his design and choreography work with Squonk Opera. He directs his own company, John Evans & Dancers, and is co-artistic director of BOB & BOB DANCE, a male duet dance company.

As a lighting designer and/or technical director/stage manager, Evans has worked with Merian Soto and Pepon Osorio, Blondell Cummings, Bebe Miller, Susan Marshall, Randy James, Carolyn Dorfman, Mark Taylor, the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, American College Dance Festival, and Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Evans has been a full-time faculty member in the Dance Department since 1995, where he teaches, performs, designs, and creates new work.