December 2016 - August 2017
Raised in a vibrant arts environment in Chicago by a banjo-playing printmaker and an architect, Evan Silver developed a passion for creative storytelling from an early age. He recently graduated with honors from Brown University with a B.A. in Literary Arts and a focus in Writing for Performance. A theatre director and playwright, he also has experience in film, photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, graphic design, fiction, and poetry, all informing his practice as a theatre artist. His work explores themes of human constancy and variation across time and place, as well as tropes and archetypes drawn from ancient and modern mythologies ranging from Arabian folklore to apocalyptic cinema. Evan is also a musician and composer, and his music – a fusion of folk, jazz and pop styles – often plays an important role in his creative work. In addition to Brown, Evan has trained at Drama Centre London, the Yale School of Drama, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Second City, and Lookingglass Theatre. He has been living in Bali for the last year on a Henry Luce Scholarship with artist residencies at Rumah Sanur Creative Hub and the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts. While in Bali, he has studied traditional Balinese performing arts, including topeng masked dance with I Gusti Ngurah Windia (Carangsari), mask-carving with Ida Bagus Alit (Lodtunduh), gamelan with I Gusti Ngurah Artawan (Carangsari), and wayang kulit shadow puppetry with I Wayan Wija (Peliatan). Next year, Evan will pursue a master’s degree in theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London on a two-year Marshall Scholarship from the British Government.
A Theatre Director of Avalon International Academy
On this two-week theatre arts residency run by Avalon International Academy, participants were introduced to a variety of traditional Balinese arts including Legong, Gambuh, Gamelan, Wayang Kulit, Kecak, and mask-painting alongside seminars and workshops in intercultural practice, yoga sessions, and sound healing. The residency also included trips to performances, ceremonies, temples and other cultural sites and events in the Ubud area. Led by UK-based theatre director Ellie Chadwick, in collaboration with local artists including I Wayan Bawa, Cok Indrayuni and Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan, this intensive experience involved cross-cultural exchange and skills-sharing, and gave participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in Balinese culture, arts, and spirituality.
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