Evan Linder (Playwright) is an ensemble member and the founding co-artistic director of Chicago The New Colony, a theatre company founded in 2008 devoted to world premiere plays and musicals. He works in Chicago as a playwright, actor, and director. He also teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago. Evan is a proud graduate of the College of Charleston and is the recipient of the school's Alumni of the Year award in 2016. His plays include Byhalia Mississippi, Jo Liv, The Hunted, 11:11, The Warriors, The Bear Suit of Happiness, B-Side Studio, and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which enjoyed an Off-Broadway run as part of the Soho Playhouse 2012-2013 season and has seen productions in over 35 States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Spain, Great Britain, and Japan.