The Dean of the College Office is proud to announce that Evan J. Silver '16 has been awarded a prestigious Luce scholarship. The Luce is a nationally competitive fellowship established in 1974 by Henry Luce to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in America. The program seeks to support young leaders who have limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise in the course of their careers come to know the region. Invited institutions including Brown can nominate two to three candidates a year to compete for the Luce scholarship, which selects cohort of about 15 Luce scholars each year. The scholars are placed in various organizations, institutions, and industry fields across Asia to work for a year.
A Literary Arts concentrator with a focus in Writing for Performance at Brown, Evan developed a passion for creative storytelling early on as a child growing up in a vibrant arts environment in Chicago. A theatre director and playwright, he also has experience in film, photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, graphic design, fiction, and poetry, and all of these genres inform his practice as a theatre artist. His work explores themes of human constancy and variation across time and place, as well as tropes and archetypes drawn from ancient and modern mythologies ranging from Arabian folklore to apocalyptic cinema. Evan is also a musician and composer, and his music – a fusion of folk, jazz and pop styles – often plays an important role in his creative work. At Brown, he has directed nine theatre productions and five films, many of which have been original works with original music. In addition to Brown, Evan has trained at Drama Centre London, the Yale School of Drama, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Second City, and Lookingglass Theatre. He has observed and experienced a diversity of approaches to theatre-making which have deeply influenced his personal practice. When not making art, Evan is doing his best to experience the world with open eyes and a full heart. He loves meeting new people and is an avid traveler, mountaineer and wildlife photographer.
As a Luce candidate, Evan stood out to the Brown committee because of how his accomplishments and potential combined with his curiousity about the world. He spoke honestly about wanting to take himself out of his comfort zone after graduation to experience something completely new. "Evan has exactly the sense of adventure and openness to possibiity that the Luce mission seeks to nurture; he is a natural fit for this award," says Linda Dunleavy, Associate Dean of the College for Fellowships, who oversees the nomination process at Brown.
Evan is the second scholar from Brown to be selected within the last three years. Cindy Lung '12 won the award in 2014.