In July 2013, Evan moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem where he currently lives with his husband Rabbi Donald Goor . Evan received his ordination as a cantor and his Master’s in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York and served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles as its cantor for 25 years. Evan also received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York.
In 2014, Evan Kent earned his doctorate in music education from Boston University. His doctoral research examined how music at Jewish summer camps in North America assists in the development of Jewish identity.
He is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem where he teaches liturgy and sacred music. Evan was also member of the editorial committee for the new Reform High Holiday prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh.
Evan has starred in Jerusalem productions of “Guys and Dolls”, the musical drama “Next to Normal,.” “Avenue Q”, “Singin’ in the Rain,” Sondheim’s “Assassins,” “Cabaret,” and “She Loves Me.” Evan also portrayed Yitzchak Rabin in a new musical drama (“November”) that dramatized the last week of Rabin’s life.
Evan’s one man show “Shards-Putting the Pieces Together” has been presented in Jerusalem, Prague, and throughout the United States. In the upcoming season, “Shards” will be performed in San Antonio, San Diego, Nashville, Manhattan, Santa Rosa, and Chicago.
When not singing, acting, or teaching, teaching, Evan is an avid runner having completed a dozen marathons, many half marathons, and ultra-marathons.
Streets of Jerusalem
From the streets of Jerusalem to the villages of Eastern Europe to the suburbs of Long Island in the 1960s, “Shards” transports you through the generations and across continents.
When you experienceShards: Putting the Pieces Together you encounter the past, embrace he present, and imagine what the future can be.
1 actor, 21 characters, 3 puppets, 4 generations, 8 songs, 1 unforgettable theatrical adventure.
Moving to Israel
I’ll share with you the story of my Aliyah (moving to Israel) along with stories of my grandparents’ immigration from Eastern Europe to the United States.
Artist in Residence
Invite Evan to your community for a memorable weekend. You’ll experience Shards, learn about the stories we tell and the stories we remember, and be moved emotionally and transformed spiritually as you experience the power of intergenerational storytelling.
“Characters” from Shards
What People are Saying
“A touching beautiful performance…” ”
“A touching, beautiful and intimate performance delivered by the remarkably talented Evan Kent. Some stories can only be told with a voice like Evan’s.”
Yaeli Greenblatt, director, Starcatcher Productions (Jerusalem)
“Kent is truly a masterful storyteller”
“Kent is truly a masterful storyteller, enthralling us as he brings to life his grandparents’ journeys from Europe to America and the effect their lives had on shaping him… Enjoy a magical evening with Cantor Kent and his family and see how the shards actually come together and make a beautiful ‘whole.’ “
Bill Kellert, Albany, New York
“straight from the heart…””
“Evan’s show “Shards” is written straight from his heart. It’s about his family, his-story, but it’s not ABOUT him. It’s about the love that connects all of us. You will laugh and be moved to tears as he so sweetly tells and sings a story that honors the courage to keep moving forward. “Shards” celebrates the strength it takes to break apart the things that are holding you back and then to travel as far as it takes to begin to put the pieces together anew to build a better life.”
Mary Ekler, music director, pianist, arranger
“See it if you can…”
“In Shards, Evan Kent brings a Broadway voice and a cantor’s soul to his life’s story, growing up in New York, working in Los Angeles for a quarter century, and making Aliyah later in life. Along the way he evokes his grandparents, his upstairs neighbor in Jerusalem, and even his cat of blessed memory. It is a deeply touching performance. See it if you can.”
John Stefano, Chair Emeritus, Department of Theatre and Dance, Otterbein University, Columbus, Ohio
“Evan Kent’s “Shards” is a master”
“Evan Kent’s “Shards” is a master world in storytelling! The way in which he brings his characters to life can’t help but stir memories of our own grandparents and family of old. He captures his upstairs neighbor, Miriam (Rabbi Barry’s wife), so masterfully, you feel like you have known her (or someone just like her) for years. Evan’s voice is pure perfection— one could sit and listen to it all day long. I wish he would sing all my musical theatre favorites. But more than anything, “Shards” feels like a warm hug and a poignant walk through a family photo album all at the same time. Evan leaves his audience wondering about the nature of their own identity as he explores and so vulnerably shares his own.
(Rabbi Laurie Rice, Congregation Micah, Nashville, Tennessee)