MORENIKE JOELA EVANS
Morenike Joela Evans is an Emmy-Nominated Director, Writer and Creative Producer known for her calm leadership, clear vision and positive vibes on set. She’s passionate about directing stories for TV & Film that are compelling, provoking and have heart. She’s currently one of a handful of African-American women actively working as a multi-cam director and also directing single cam comedy and dramas.
In 2022, she directed two pilots—Disney’s Saturdays, a single cam show highlighting the Black roller skating culture and MGM/Bounce TV’s multi-cam comedy Act Your Age, which has been said to be a “Black Golden Girls” starring icons Tisha Campbell, Kym Whitley and Yvette Nicole Brown. She was nominated for a 2022 Children & Family Emmy for directing the hit Disney series Raven’s Home.
Morenike launched her episodic directing career on the NAACP Image Award-Winning and Emmy-nominated hit series Family Reunion created by Meg DeLoatch. She’s gone on to direct several episodes of that series along with other shows including CBS’ number one hit comedy, The Neighborhood, the successful reboot of iCarly for Paramount +, and multiple of episodes of the Emmy-nominated supernatural series The Secrets of Sulphur Springs for Disney.
In 2021, she was selected to participate in the DGA Women’s Steering Committee’s inaugural mentorship program and was paired to be mentored by the iconic and legendary Debbie Allen. She is currently a co-chair of the The WSC Squad, ushering in Cycle 3 of the mentorship program.
Morenike transitioned to directing scripted TV after an impressive career producing entertainment and docuseries for MTV News, BET, NBC, TNT, OWN, TV One and PBS. She has launched her own online school, MOJO Academy, teaching Directing and Producing to the next generation of marginalized creatives.
Originally from the DC area, she earned her Master’s in Film from The American University and is a proud Prairie View A&M undergraduate. She is married and raising two children in Los Angeles. If she wasn’t working as a triple threat in the entertainment industry, she’d be Janet Jackson’s backup dancer, a detective, or an archeologist--in that order.
FELLOWSHIPS AND PROGRAMS
2021 DGA Women’s Steering Committee Squad Mentorship Program
2020 CBS Directors Initiative Program
Alliance of Woman Directors 2019-2020 Industry Support
2018 Producers Guild Master of Diversity Program
IFP/NY Project Involve 2000
MORENIKE JOELA EVANS
Morenike Joela Evans, nominated for an Emmy for Directing “Raven’s Home” (Disney) attends the 2022 inaugural Children & Family Emmys in December 2022
Morenike was honored to direct the pilot of this hilarious series Act Your Age, created by Alyson Fouse and starring Tisha Campbell, Kym Whitley and Yvette Nicole Brown. The series premieres this Spring on Bounce TV!
Morenike Joela Evans with cast members of SOSS. She returned to direct 2 more episodes of Season 3 and is excited for everyone to what she believes is probably the scariest season so far. The show premieres in Spring of 2023.