As a critically acclaimed actor and director, San Francisco-born Evan Pappas brings nearly four decades of expertise to the Argyle Theatre as its Artistic Director. A proud member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Evan is currently represented as a director with off-Broadway’s A Letter to Harvey Milk at The Acorn Theater. Past directorial credits include Liberty (Theatre 80 and 42West); Wonderful Town and Dubarry Was a Lady (both for Musicals Tonight!); Evita, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and The Daughter of the Regiment for Opera North; The Color Purple and Sister Act for Arts Center of Coastal Carolina; Lucky Stiff (Arizona Broadway Theatre); Murder for Two (Depot Theatre); and Funny Girl and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for San Francisco’s Broadway By the Bay. Both of these last productions garnered Evan a Best Director nomination from the Bay Area Theatre Critics, with Seven Brides winning the award for Best Production. Additionally, Evan has directed many benefits, readings and cabarets in New York City, including the Drama League’s benefit honoring Kristin Chenoweth, and several evenings of musical comedy at 54 Below.
As an actor, Evan had a long and illustrious career, starring on Broadway in Ahrens and Flaherty’s My Favorite Year, Jason Robert Brown’s Parade (directed by Harold Prince), Putting It Together (opposite Carol Burnett), and for four years in A Chorus Line, with which he also toured the country. Off-Broadway credits include Cafe Society Swing at 59 East 59 and I Can Get It For You Wholesale for Jewish Rep. In London, Evan starred in two Stephen Sondheim classics, Follies and Merrily We Roll Along. Evan won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Harry Witherspoon in Ahrens and Flaherty’s Lucky Stiff at Olney Theatre Center, a role he recreated for the show’s world premiere recording.
Evan is honored and excited to be a part of The Argyle and looks forward to bringing quality theater and concerts to Babylon and its surrounding communities.