Discipline: Theatre – musical theatre

Evan Silver

Discipline: Theatre – musical theatre
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Evan Silver, who also goes by Tiresias, is a hybrid writer, director, composer, producer, and performer based in Brooklyn. They gravitate toward stories of journey and transformation, drawing on ancient and contemporary mythologies and ecologies to fabulate new ways of being and becoming in the world. The New Yorker recently called them “a rara avis of experimental theatre.”

They have written and directed fifteen original theatre productions on three continents, including Hyperfantasia (Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, The Brick Theater), Howl: An Odyssey (Edinburgh Fringe, CLF Art Cafe, University of Cambridge), and The Heron & the Fish (Agung Rai Museum of Art, Bali Purnati Center for the Arts). They are a Luce, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholar, and a 2023 Artist-in-Residence at Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre.

At MacDowell, Silver developed text and music for “cryptochrome”, a ritual meditation and sonic odyssey about how and why we voyage. It invites audiences to imagine themselves in the sensory worlds of other living things. While in residence, they also revised their surrealist feature film script The Aviary and two lyric essays.

Portrait by Walter Wlodarczyk



Evan Silver worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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