Evans told The Detroit News, “Baby, it’s a roller coaster ride. But I’m having a lot of fun… There have been a lot of ups and downs. But suddenly I’m experiencing a real up-kick, which is scary but exciting.”
On May 21, 2009, she also appeared on ABC’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire winning $8000.
Evans referred to herself as a “flavor of the month” in a 2009 interview with The Detroit News. She was referring specifically to the sudden interest in her career after working as an actress for more than thirty years.
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 23: Actress Venida Evans attends the “Airline Highway” broadway opening night pre-party at Bourbon Street on April 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 23: Actors Venida Evans, Julie White, Shannon Eagen and cast parade in the street for the “Airline Highway” Broadway opening night pre-party at Bourbon Street on April 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 23: Actors Caroline Neff, Venida Evans, Scott Jaeck, K. Todd Freeman, Julie White, Ken Marks, Tim Edward Rhoze Leslie Hendrix, Joe Tippett, Judith Roberts, Todd d’Amour and Carolyn Braver attend the “Airline Highway” broadway opening night – arrivals & curtain call at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
ARCHIVIST, HISTORIAN, and ARTiST
Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional).
The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. On the web, he is the archivist and historian of Iforcolor.org and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at SUNY Potsdam, Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree from Ohio University.