Ilene Evans, MA

Artistic Director of Voices From the Earth, Inc.

Ilene Evans is an inspired storyteller, performer and scholar who weaves music, poetry, dance and drama, to bring history alive. Ms. Evans creates and presents storytelling/theater programs and workshops/seminars that inform, educate and entertain audiences young and old. She has toured extensively across the US and internationally with her historical and original works. In 2009, Ms. Evans worked with staff from the US State Department to tour to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Columbia to share African American history and culture through arts, education, literature, and music. In 2015 she travelled to Ghana, and in 2018 to Marwa, Tanzania. She has received the Foundation of Freedom Award from Wheeling Jesuit University for her outstanding work. She is a Chautauqua scholar, developing presentations of historical women who have contributed significantly to African American culture; selected by the United States Embassy to share her work in the history and culture of African Americans, Ms.Evans’ historical storyteling presentations include Harriet Tubman, Memphis Tennessee Garrison, Carrie Williams, Coralie Franklin Cook, Ethel Waters, Bessie Coleman, and Eslanda Robeson, and Elizabeth Catlett.

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