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Vickie Evans

Vickie Evans

Vickie is the president of the independent theater company, Soaring High Productions and is the CEO of the nonprofit theater advocacy organization, Performing Arts and Literary Society (PALS). 

She has written, directed, produced, and self-promoted numerous stage plays throughout the United States to include:  Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and North Carolina.  She is the award-winning playwright/director of the domestic violence awareness stage play “A Change Is Gonna Come.   In October 2009, “A Change Is Gonna Come” received four top honors (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director for Vickie) at the Velocity Magazine Awards. 

In 2014, she received the Broadway World’s Charlotte Regional Award for Best Director in a musical for her stage play, “The Gift”.   For three years, Vickie has served on the elite panel of producers of the National Black Theater festival Actors’ Networking Showcase.

Vickie is an avid and outspoken advocate in the campaign to end domestic violence.  As a child-witness, she has first-hand knowledge about the effects that domestic violence had on her development into a young woman and how it affected her self-esteem.  She has developed a campaign entitled, Don’t Take Away My Innocence as a support mechanism for adult recovery and for intervention for children who are currently witnesses.

Vickie is the author of two books, The Art of Forgiving, a relationship-building memoir that emphasizes the importance of ridding oneself of relationship baggage by mastering the “art” of forgiving; and her best-selling memoir, Know Your Worth! (Overcoming the Dragon of Low Self- Esteem), an empowering, tell-all book that is designed to promote image-building by breaking the cycle of "low self-esteem".  This thought-provoking memoir received high honors in three different categories on the Amazon.com Bestsellers’ List:  5th in Emotion, 7th in Women Studies, and 7th in Gender Studies.

Ms. Evans was honored with the “Voices of Women” award by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for her community advocacy and oratorical contributions.  She was nominated for “Phenomenal Woman of the Year”!   Vickie works tirelessly to make a difference in her community, with a passion for young ladies and mature women who have experienced love, relationship, and self-image issues. She is a member of the Domestic Violence Speakers’ Bureau in Charlotte, North Carolina. 




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Feature: The National Black Theatre Festival Is Back
August 2, 2022

'Put On Your Purple And Black...The National Black Theatre Festival Is Back'. Yes! Yes! Yes! The premiere 'crème de la crop' theatre festival for people of all colors is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. People from all over the world gather onto what is referred to as 'holy ground' in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to celebrate excellence in Black/African American Theatre. Founded by the late great, Larry Leon Hamlin, The National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) is proud to celebrate its 33rd anniversary.

BWW Review: HAMILTON Returns To Charlotte Post Pandemic at Belk Theatre
April 29, 2022

Read our critic's review. 'Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!' I heard myself screaming loudly in sync with the other 2,000 plus fans at the Belk Theatre, located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, as we rendered a standing ovation to the incredible splendor of the Tony award-winning musical, Hamilton (winner of 11 Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016).

BWW Review: Patti LaBelle Takes the Stage at Belk Theater
March 14, 2022

'When You Talk About Love'...You Must Be Talking About Ms. Patti LaBelle. Ms. LaBelle Performed At The Belk Theater, In Charlotte, NC. This Timeless Beauty Always Delivers A Fun Time Of Chart-Topping Songs Filled With Joy And Amusement.

BWW Review: CHLOE' ARNOLD'S SYNCOPATED LADIES LIVE! at Knight Theater
February 24, 2022

Syncopated Ladies, founded by Chloe' Arnold, is the most viewed female tap dance band in history. They were recognized by Beyonce, whose support catapulted them on a global platform.

BWW Review: STEP AFRIKA! at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Booth Playhouse
February 23, 2022

Step Afrika! An infusion of drums, dance, and singing that foretells the true uprising of the Stono Rebellion that birth The Negro Act of 1740.

BWW Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG at Belk Theater
January 24, 2022

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (ATPTB), The Life and Times Of The Temptations, based on the book by Dominique Morisseau, is a compelling, “tell-all” biographical musical about the triumphs and trials of Motown’s number one male group.

BWW Review: BNS Productions Present BLACK NAVITY
December 19, 2021

BNS Productions present an adaptation of the Langston Hughes classic, 'Black Nativity', directed by Jermaine Nakia Lee

BWW Review: A CONVERSATION WITH STACEY ABRAMS at Ovens Auditiorium
November 23, 2021

A Conversation With Stacey Abrams was phenomenal, fun, and frank. This political advocate made such impact sharing her professional and personal life. The audience walked away educated, enlightened, and entertained. I was so glad to be 'in the room'.

BWW Interview: Elizabeth Flax And Coolidge Harris II of GREENWOOD
September 15, 2021

Meet The Masterminds, Director Elizabeth Flax and Playwright Coolidge Harris II, Behind The Stage Play, 'Greenwood', Based On The Tulsa, Oklahoma Massacre, A Love Story With A Historical Proponent. Performed At Matthews Playhouse, Matthews, NC, September 17th and 18th.

BWW Review: BNS Productions Encore Presentation: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Duke Energy Theater
September 10, 2021

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is one of ten of August Wilson's productions about the African American experience. Ma Rainey depicts the life of the famous blues singer, Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey, and Black Bottom is one of the songs she made famous. BNS Productions, based in Charlotte, NC, did an excellent job of bring this awesome work the the stage...with a twelve day running from August 11-22. It was sold-out many nights. So, as a result of its awesomeness, it is returning on September 12 for an encore performance.

BWW Review: FENCES at Duke Energy Theater
February 13, 2020

BNS Productions brings August Wilson's FENCES to Charlotte, NC. Tony Award-Winning Fences is Wilson's 6th cycle out of a 10-Cycle series of Pittsburgh-based stage plays about the African American experience.

BWW Review: AKEELAH AND THE BEE at Children's Theatre
February 7, 2020

Akeelah and the Bee is a family-fun production that highlights an 11-year old African-American girl's journey of surviving the inner-city challenges of the Chicago projects to her acrimonious success as a finalist/winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  The stage adaptation remained true to the movie's original theme about overcoming obstacles (poverty, bullying, inner-city woes such as shooting and drugs, racial and societal stereotypes, etc.), while stressing the importance of the strong community ties and love that undergird Akeelah's rise to success. 

BWW Review: BE A LION RETURNS...BETTER THAN EVER!
December 18, 2019

Broadway World awarded musical, Be A Lion, written by Rory D. Sheriff, who recently won a?oeBest Directora?? at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival, returns with improvements and upgrades to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Duke Energy Theater, at Spirit Square.

BWW Review: THE “GENIE-US” OF ALADDIN at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
September 14, 2019

With the iconic song 'A Whole New World', Aladdin certainly delivered 'the magic' of Disney that took the audience on a mind-blowing journey of 'toe tappin' dance performances and tickled our imagination to believe that we too could embark on a fairy-tale infused 'magic carpet ride'. 

BWW Review: THE END OF THE ROAD: 2019 NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
August 8, 2019

The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival has ended with memories of grandeur and spectacular stage plays. Here is my review of the productions I attended.

BWW Review: OPENING DAY: 2019 NATIONAL BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL at Winston-Salem, NC
August 1, 2019

When the stars come out…there is magic in the air.  That's exactly how the opening day of the National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) in Winston-Salem felt…majestic and magical.  As the originators and attendees declare…”This Is Holy Ground!”   The NBTF is “taking over” the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina this entire week, July 29-August 3. 

BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH THE INCOMPARABLE PATTI LABELLE!
February 20, 2019

Somebody Loves You, Baby!' What a perfect backdrop to a lovely 'pre-Valentine's' evening. Ms. Patti LaBelle (a.k.a. 'Lady Marmalade') made a royalty entrance onto the stage of the Queen City's Belk Theater, as her silky voice filled the atmosphere, as anxious fans stood and cheered, waiting for her to emerge. It was incredible.

BWW Review: Bob Marley's THREE LITTLE BIRDS At Children's Theatre of Charlotte
February 12, 2019

Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' is a musical tribute to the Father of Reggae depicted through the eyes of his son, Ziggy Marley. It's a coming-of-age depiction of facing fears 'head on' to experience the joys of life in a sunny, Caribbean island, outside the walls of his imagination.

BWW Review: NINA SIMONE: Four Women at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
February 8, 2019

'NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN' showcases the life and music of songstress Nina Simone and the testimonies of three different women, after the 1963 bombing of the 16th Baptist Church, in Birmingham, Alabama. It depicts the women diverse struggles that unite them together, at a time of civil unrest and racial disparity.

BWW Review: Be A Lion: The Third Time's A Charm!
December 18, 2018

I had the pleasure to see the award-winning stage play 'Be A Lion', written by Rory D. Sheriff, inspired by the Broadway play, 'The Wiz' for the third time. Be A Lion is the fictitious account of what could have possibly happened in the land of Oz, AFTER the Wiz's sudden departure. It's an urbanized depiction of the modern day lives Dorothy, Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Lion, who is on a quest to become the next 'RULER' of Oz, with his trusted side-kick Miles, The Mouse, and LaDawn, the lioness.



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