Actress/Vocalist – Theatre Arts
Babe Evans is “Miss Saphinne” in Secrets of the Heart. She brings the secret of imagination to our young students. What is it? How can you use it? “How can you use your five senses to write a story about this Diego Rivera painting, ‘Women With Flowers and Vegetables’… are you ready to take a trip inside?” she asks. Babe’s extensive theatre experience in Southern California includes acting and producing, often on projects that reflect her passion for working with youth.
Former president of the Burbage Theatre Company, she also was the Artistic Director of 4305 Village Theatre. At Highway Performance Space, she collaborated with curator Kevin Spicer to produce a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the lynching of Emmett Till, and in conjunction with National Children’s Book Week, she produced “Ears are Burning, Children are Learning” for the California African American Museum. For the NAACP, she served as Assistant Director for the 2005 Theatre Awards Ceremony; and that same year, she co-produced the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival as well as the Mother’s Day Concert at the Madrid Theatre. As the Women’s Theatre Festival’s Director of Education, she played an integral role in developing a partnership between that organization and the LAUSD. Her recent television credits include a recurring role on the critically acclaimed ABC Family show, “Lincoln Heights.” Babe is a member of African American Women for Peace and Justice, is married to actor, Art Evans, and is a proud mother.
Drums and Percussion
Clarice teaches our One World Drum Circles program for 1st and 2nd grade. This program continues and expands the themes begun in Secrets of the Heart by introducing new principles through folklore and rhythms from around the world. An example of the world citizenship we teach, Clarice is a native of São Paulo, Brazil. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in World Percussion from the California Institute of the Arts. She has been nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Arrangement Instruments & Vocals” with the sophisticated Lado B Brazilian Project’s debut album. Clarice has always been fascinated and influenced by a diversity of musical styles, and it has been her driving force to learn, perform, write, and teach these styles. Besides being an active performer, and maintaining a private teaching studio for students of all ages, Clarice teaches at a variety of educational programs in the Los Angeles area and is a regular clinician at colleges, universities, and percussion festivals around the United States.
In One World Drum Circles, Clarice teaches children how to hold and play a drum, and takes them on a journey to seven countries where through folklore they explore compassion, generosity, honesty, intelligence, cooperation, truth, respect and wisdom. The world is made better when our children learn values early in life. The arts are a perfect platform for self-development.