Profile profile for EvansSN

Susan Evans

Director, Smithsonian Food History Programs

Ed.M. Arts in Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2010
B.A. English: Drama and Theatre, McGill University, 2005

Photo credit Briget Ganske

Research Specialties: 
  • Food History
  • American Craft Brewing
  • Theater and Performance in Museums
  • Arts Education and Arts Integration


Role in Museum: 

Food is a shared human experience that instantly connects us with our personal, national, and family memories. By learning more about American food history, audiences better understand the role they play, individually and collectively, in shaping the future of food.

In July 2015, the Museum opened a new demonstration kitchen at the heart of the first floor. This space hosts food and cooking demonstrations, discussions about complex topics in America’s food systems (from the farm to the market to the table), and special programs for daily and evening visitors. Through this diverse menu of experiences, research, and collections, Smithsonian Food History programs invite our national community to come together around the table.

Susan brings her experience working in arts education, museums, and craft brewing to her role at the museum creating programming that gets visitors of all ages thinking about the past, present, and future of American food. She holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Theater from McGill University. Previously, Susan worked in the education departments of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and the Shelburne Museum, in Shelburne, Vermont. She also worked in fundraising and development at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City. In addition, Susan has written and spoken on topics from food history to performance theory.

Professional Affiliations: 

American Association of Museums
International Museum Theatre Alliance


“Personal Beliefs and National Stories: Theater in Museums as a Tool for Exploring Historical Memory.” Curator: The Museum Journal, No. 2 (April 2013), 189-197. bibliography