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Ilene Evans

West Virginia Storyteller

Ms. Ilene Evans, M.A., is an inspired storyteller, performer, and scholar. 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 Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Columbia sharing 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, with historical storytelling presentations which include Harriet Tubman, Memphis Tennessee Garrison, Coralie Franklin Cook, Ethel Waters, Bessie Coleman, Eslanda Robeson and Elizabeth Catlett.