Behind Enemy Lines
Ilene Evans creates educational theater programs that span a vast range of arts disciplines including music, dance, drama, and storytelling. Ms. Evans is an inventive storyteller. She uses movement, music and sound to weave a fabric of delight and understanding. She makes her home in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia where she shapes stories and histories to inspire and delight young and old alike. Ms. Evans has taught, lectured, and performed nationally and internationally. Ms. Evans received her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois and her Master's degree in storytelling at East Tennessee State University. Biography Ms. Evans performs, teaches, and lectures throughout the United States and overseas. She recently toured the Middle East and Columbia for the United States Embassy to share African American Culture. Her work is educational, entertaining, and enjoyable for all ages. After receiving her B.A. from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois, Ms. Evans studied theater and dance at the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Evans became a member of the dance collaborative, "Momenta!" as dancer and choreographer at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, IL. There she also taught ballet, jazz and modern dance. Later, she joined the staff of Whirlwind Performance Company as a teaching artist and performer. At Whirlwind, she taught dance, choreography, storytelling, vocal technique, and African-American cultural arts. Ms. Evans completed her Masters Degree at East Tennessee State University in the Department of Education with an emphasis in Storytelling. Ms. Evans has a passion for history and in 1991 she created General Moses: Stories from the Life of Harriet Tubman to feature the story of Harriet Tubman and her role in the Underground Railroad. Most recently she has developed Behind Enemy Lines: Harriet Tubman in the Civil War - The Port Royal Experiment. Ms. Evans received the Tidmarsh Foundation for the Arts grant for touring General Moses. She has performed her piece in conjunction with a companion workshop she developed about the Underground Railroad. Among Ms. Evans' other original performances are Harvest of Dreams, and They Call Me Ms. Memphis. These pieces reveal the rich African American culture through stories, songs, and poems. Ms Evans performed Harvest of Dreams at the Fringe Festival in Edinburg, Scotland, at the Women's Universities in Saudi Arabia and at Al-Babtain Library in Kuwait. Ms. Evans resides in West Virginia. She is co-founder of Voices from the Earth, a non-profit arts organization and has served as the President of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild. She has also been the featured vocalist and storyteller for Peter and the Wolf with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Evans' original work, Climbing up the Beanstalk, was adapted for stage by director Thomas Reese and performed at the Cincinnati State Community College. Ms. Evans is included in the West Virginia Artist Roster and the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive program. Current projects include Behind Enemy Lines a look at Harriet Tubman's role in the Civil War, as a freedom fighter. She also portrays lesser known African American heroines such as Memphis Tennessee Garrison, Coralie Franklin Cook, Susie King Taylor and Carrie Williams.