#DancerDose – Evan Kasprzak
May 12th, 2020 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
A Professional Mindset
Kasprzak started dancing at the age of 6. He danced all through high-school and went on to pursue a BFA degree in Music Theatre. Evan found his home at Illinois Wesleyan University, a small but hidden gem of a musical theatre program in Central Illinois. He already had the mindset of a professional in high-school. Evan knew that to be a more employable dancer in the business, he had to brush up on his singing and acting. Show business is a tough one and Evan wanted to become “more than a dancer kid.”
The ORIGINAL Broadway Style Contestant
Kasprzak was the first ever contestant for SYTYCD to compete in the Broadway Style. His iconic suspenders and fedora look for his first on-air audition won over many hearts across the nation. He proceeded to win third place overall on the show, all while attending school. Evan graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010. He proves that anything is possible! You can pursue a degree and your dreams at the same time, as long as you put your heart to it and put in a little elbow grease!
Evan’s training surely served him well. Afterbeing a part of SYTYCD’s 40 City Fall Tour following the season, he moved to New York. Within a couple of months after working at regional theatres, Evan landed the role of Elmer in Newsies The Musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse opening. He then joined the show as it transferred to Broadway. He was with Newsies for two years from 2012-2014. After the Disney sensation, Evan joined the revival of Can-Can which at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Big Screen Debut
In 2015, Evan shot for his first film on the big screen. He appread in Hail, Caesar! starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, and plenty of other big-name tv/film actors. He was in a dance sequence with Channing Tatum. It’s really hard to miss Karprzak’s glowing presence! Since then, Evan has gone back to the stage as a replacement in the revival of Cats, and performed in other New York productions. From winning hearts on TV to on-stage, Evan’s stardom is just beginning!
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Juna Shai is a writer for StarQuest. She’s from Tokyo, and loves coffee, coffee, theatre, and coffee!