Originally from Syracuse, NY, Evelyn Kocak studied for three years at The School of American Ballet and attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.
In November 2004, Ms. Kocak joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice where she performed in several George Balanchine ballets including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harlequinade, Symphony in Three Movements, Ballo della Regina, Cortège Hongrois, Emeralds from Jewels, and Stars and Stripes. In November 2005, she joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet and performed in Balanchine’s La Source, La Valse, Divertimento No. 15, and Don Quixote. With The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ms. Kocak appeared on the live television broadcast of The Kennedy Center Honors in 2005 and at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2006. In 2006, Ms. Kocak joined the Staatsballett Berlin as a member of the Corps de Ballet and danced there for four seasons. She performed in such works as La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia, Kenneth McMillan’s Manon, John Cranko’s Onegin, and originated a role in Mauro Bigonzetti’s Caravaggio.
Ms. Kocak returned to the states to join Pennsylvania Ballet for the 2010-2011 Season and was promoted to Soloist for the 2012-2013 Season. With the Company, she has performed featured roles in Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan (Wendy), Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Push Comes to Shove, Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre) and After the Rain, Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), Alexei Ratmansky's Jeu de Cartes, Robert Weiss's Messiah, Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land (Grey Couple) and Petite Mort, William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, Coppélia (Dawn), and Jerome Robbins' N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz (Statics). She originated a role in Matthew Neenan's Beside them, they dwell and Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental and has been featured in George Balanchine’s Agon (First Pas de Trois), Raymonda Variations (Variation VII), The Four Temperaments (First Theme), Emeralds from Jewels (Pas de Trois), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia and Lead Butterfly).