Paige Evans

Paige Evans

Artistic Director 

Paige Evans has been Artistic Director of Signature Theatre since July 2016. She leads the organization and programs and produces seasons that celebrate playwrights and their bodies of work. Under Paige’s direction, Signature has developed and produced new plays by Annie Baker, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Dave Malloy, Dominique Morisseau, and Lauren Yee. She has also brought Stephen Adly Guirgis, Lynn Nottage, Anna Deavere Smith, Dominique Morisseau, Dave Malloy, Samuel D. Hunter, The Mad Ones, Sarah Ruhl, and Lauren Yee to Signature for residencies. During her tenure, Signature artists and productions have received a MacArthur “Genius” Award, and Lortel, Obie, Drama Desk, AUDELCO, and Actors’ Equity Awards as well as the 50/50 Award for Gender Parity in Theatre. Before Signature, Paige was the inaugural Artistic Director of LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater. From its inception in 2008 until 2016, Paige programmed, developed and produced more than 20 world and New York premieres for LCT3, bringing new artists and new audiences to Lincoln Center Theater, including David Adjmi’s Stunning, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles (which transferred to LCT’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater), Greg Pierce’s Slowgirl, Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and transferred to Broadway), the Rude Mech’s Stop Hitting Yourself, and Dave Malloy’s Preludes. Under Paige’s direction, LCT3 plays and productions – all priced affordably and presented to a wide audience – won the Pulitzer Prize as well as numerous Obie, Lortel, and AUDELCO Awards. Before LCT3, Paige was Associate Artistic Director at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC). At MTC, she championed, commissioned and/or developed scores of new plays, including David Auburn’s Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof, John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, Conor McPherson’s Shining City, Ayub Khan-Din’s East is East, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, and David Harrower’s Blackbird. Paige lived in Rome for three years, where she was the Arts Editor for the “International Courier” and from 1998-2000, she lived in Havana, Cuba on a writing fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs. She has taught at New School for Drama and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Paige has served on panels and committees for the Jerome Foundation, The Idea Awards, The Steinberg Playwright Awards, the PEN Award, the Horton Foote Prize, the Wasserstein Prize, Theatre Communications Group, and PEW Center grants. She grew up in New York City and lives in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Harvard College, has participated in triathlons, and has traveled around the world.

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