Don Evans Dramatist

Donald Thomas "Don" Evans (April 27, 1938–October 16, 2003) was a noted African-American playwright, theatre director, actor and educator. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1938, Evans was an only child, raised by his mother, Mary Evans. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he attended Cheyney State College, where he majored in secondary English education. He went on to Temple University, earning an Master of Arts in education and an Master of Fine Arts in theater arts. In 1971 Evans began teaching at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), where he chaired the Afro-American Studies Department from 1971 to 1983. During this time, Evans directed such plays as The Taking of Miss Janie by Ed Bullins and August Wilson's Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He also taught courses in African-American literature and drama, jazz, and playwriting. Evans was a visiting professor at nearby Rutgers University and Princeton University, and worked from 1978-1998 with his friend and fellow playwright August Wilson in forming the Black Theatre Summit at Dartmouth College, from which was formed the African Grove Institute for the Arts.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 27th, 1938
Place of birth
Date of death
October 16th, 2003 at age of 65


1. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Colleges/University

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a public, co-educational historically black university that is a part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Cheyney University has a 275-acre (1.11 km) campus that is located in the Cheyney community within Thornbury Township, Chester County and Thornbury Township, Delaware County. Cheyney University is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees.

2010. 1.24 mil. $
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1837 University Circle, 19319 - Cheyney, Pennsylvania
2010. 1,508
2009. 1,402
2010. 78
Local tuition
2011. 8.4 K $
2010. 7.72 K $
2009. 7.36 K $
2008. 7.09 K $
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People attended Cheyney University of Pennsylvania connected by profession and/or age

b. 1938., Teacher
b. 1941., TV Correspondent
b. 1942., TV Personality
b. 1937., Academic
b. 1881., Architect
b. 1839., Writer
b. 1923., Educator
b. 1946., Rhythm and blues Artist

2. Temple University Colleges/University

Temple University is a comprehensive public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Originally founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple University is among the nation's largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, podiatric medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture) and prepares the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania, offering over 300 academic degree programs at seven campuses and sites in Pennsylvania and its international campuses in Rome, Tokyo, Singapore and London. It is the 26th largest university in the United States with more than 37,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Institution info

Type Public school
2011. 281 mil. $
2010. 235 mil. $
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1801 North Broad Street, 19122 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013. 28,243
2012. 27,725
2011. 27,702
2010. 27,623
2009. 26,618
2013. 9,377
2012. 5,478
2011. 9,153
2010. 9,744
Acceptance rate
2012. 67.2 %
2011. 62.8 %
2010. 63.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 15 K $
2011. 13.6 K
2010. 12.4 K $
2009. 11.8 K $
2008. 11.4 K $
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Wikipedia article
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Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Temple University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1951., Dramatist
b. 1923., Dramatist
b. 1947., Dramatist
b. 1967., Dramatist
b. 1960., Dramatist
b. 1919., Dramatist
b. 1942., Politician
b. 1943., U.S. Congressperson


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