Broadway Dancer Tilly Evans-Krueger Seeks Authenticity Above All

March 21, 2024

“In this industry, people often chase something because it’s the thing to do,” says Tilly Evans-Krueger, “but I chase authenticity, so I can book the jobs that will help me grow into the artist I truly want to be.” This approach has landed Evans-Krueger roles in a slew of standout Broadway, off-Broadway, and dance productions, including Moulin Rouge!, The Lucky Ones, and the premiere of Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Illinoise at the Fisher Center at Bard. Earlier this year, she was the movement coordinator for the new off-Broadway play Jonah.

Evans-Krueger, who graduated from Wright State University with a BFA in dance, possesses a magnetic presence, ethereal movement quality, and contagious passion. She will bring this winning trifecta to The Outsiders (which opens April 11 on Broadway) as both a performer and associate choreographer.

a female dancer wearing jeans, a tank top, and purple button down shirt dancing in a large room with many people walking behind her
Photo by Quinn Wharton.

Food for the Soul

“The workload within this industry can be exhausting. But at the same time, when you’re performing as part of a show that you really believe in, night after night, it feels like it’s for a reason and a purpose. When a show sits right within your soul, even the hardest workdays are beyond worth it, and that’s what so many of us are searching for in life.”

Making the Space

“I am very observant. I’m good at reading a room and fitting into wherever someone needs me. I want to be open and I want people to feel free to express themselves in a space. To prepare for my leadership role with The Outsiders, I make sure I do what I need to do—like journaling, taking my morning walk—so that I am grounded within myself before I step into a space where I am expected to be a support system for other people.”

All the Right Questions

“I’m very curious about why I am the way I am, and why people are the way they are. Digging into my humanity and diving deeper into what makes me me is an inspiration for the work that I do. When it comes to choreographing, I ask myself: ‘What do I need to heal? What do I want to discover about relationships?’ I feel like my life’s work is about breaking down all of the things I grew up on so I was and am able to build a foundation that works for me.”