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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

From 2015 to 2020, Evalyn was honoured to serve as the artistic director for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the world’s largest and longest running queer theatre company. Notable artistic projects during her tenure as AD include the world premiere of Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools, The Youth/Elders Project, Gertrude and Alice (with Independent Aunties).

Founded in 1979, Buddies has been the resident company at 12 Alexander St  since 1996; this city-owned facility is located in the heart of the gay village in T’kronto / Toronto in Treaty 13,  the ancestral lands of many Indigenous nations including the Haudansaunee, Anishnabe, Wendat and Cree.  Evalyn was the 5th artistic director at Buddies; following Brendan Healy (2009-2015), David Oiye (1999-2009), Sarah Garton Stanley (1997-1999), and founding artistic director Sky Gilbert (1979-1997).

Previous to her new appointment as artistic director, Evalyn enjoyed a long history with Buddies, serving as  director of the Buddies Young Creators Unit (now the Emerging Creators Unit), where between 2007 and 2015 she mentored young queer artists through the process of creating a one-person show, presented annually at the Rhubarb Festival. From 2005 to 2011, Evalyn also created and ran the PrideCab program, and started QueerCab, a monthly youth open mic.  She is proud to have helped bring to the stage more than 40 new works by young queer artists, many of whom have gone on to become significant artists in the Canadian theatre landscape.