Evalena Friedman

Evalena Friedman is a Chicago-based playwright, theatre educator, director, storyteller, occasional poet, and lifelong bookworm. As a playwright and director, she has had the pleasure of working with Prop Thtr, Curious Theatre Branch, Strawdog Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, Dandelion Theatre, NoMads Art Collective, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and Silver Masque Theatre Company. Evalena has also performed original stories at various venues around Chicago with the live lit series You’re Being Ridiculous, including Steppenwolf Theatre as part of their LookOut series. She received her BA in Theatre and Elementary Education summa cum laude from Northeastern University, and she is proud to be a teaching artist with Lifeline Theatre, a literary associate at A Red Orchid Theatre, and a Poetry Ambassador at the Poetry Foundation. Evalena’s poems were recently published by Sword & Kettle Press, and all her plays are available for download on the National New Play Network’s New Play Exchange. evalenafriedman.com