Vanessa Evans

Vanessa R. Evans, MA, is an actor, writer, storyteller, and stage play director living in Harlem, New York. She has appeared in theatre productions, independent short films, and web series. Her theater credits include Outpost, Consequences, I Love My Wife [original cast], Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale, in addition to the web series Slipknot. In 2003, Vanessa founded the TALKING DRUM Theatre Arts Program, a conflict resolution youth theatre arts program.  Through collaborations with private, public, and community-based organizations, the Talking Drum works with young people to look critically at the messages and roles forced on them by the media and our culture, and create works of art based on their experiences. In 2009, Vanessa established the Talking Drum PULIKANA! Youth Theatre Ensemble to bring global stories of youth social injustices and change to communities in an effort to expand the knowledge and impact of the voices of our youth. For the past eight years, Vanessa has been an ensemble cast member of the famed Big Apple Playback Theatre Company touring regionally and throughout parts of the country. As a Bronx native, Vanessa continues to expand her professional studies and personal background in performance art into her life's work. She uses her power and strength of storytelling to share the vast experiences of people in today's multilayered society.