Bridgit Evans

2004 EP. NO. 5
BRIDGIT EVANS is best known as the struggling New York actor who rallied some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to raise funds for African women surviving violence.

Evans began her arts training 10 years ago at Stanford University, where she received the Sherifa Edoga Prize for Excellence in Performance. Following this, she co-founded the YOUTH UPRISING COALITION to protect the human rights of young people in San Francisco’s immigrant communities; adapted and performed Lanford Wilson’s critically-acclaimed solo play, “The Moonshot Tape”, and wrote “The Secret”, a short screenplay that received highest honors at the San Francisco Film Arts Festival in 1995. In 2002, Evans served as Executive Producer and a lead actor in the South African staging of Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ play “Venus,” presented by invitation on the occasion of the historic return and burial of the real-life “Hottentot Venus” to South Africa in 2002.

She has performed in such diverse settings as The Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, San Quentin Prison, Jackson Family Shelter, and The Saartjie Baartman Women’s Shelter in Capetown; and alongside such luminaries as Tim Robbins, Joe Morton, and Kathleen Chalfant. Her work has been featured in Newsday, Vibe, American Theatre Magazine, South African Star, Sowetan, South African City Press, South African Sunday Times, The Cape Argus Times; SABC-TV AM Live Show, SABC FM, and WBAI FM radio; Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” NBC’s hit drama “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit”, and in the celebrated “Vagina Monologues” in New York City.

Evans is the recipient of awards from Arts International, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Change Inc., The Puffin Foundation and in 2003, received a nomination for the Leaders for a Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation. She recently completed “A Life More Beautiful,” a feature-length screenplay about a young African American woman’s coming of age on the streets of London. Evans is also co-founder, with Rana Kazkaz, of THE KAZBAH PROJECT, a production company. A passionate public speaker, Evans has presented workshops in the U.S., South Africa, Brazil, Japan, and South Korea. She received her advanced degree in theatre from Columbia University (MFA).

Last updated 2009.

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