Marlea Evans is an actress, writer and a one-off documentary maker. Born in small town Oklahoma, she escaped, walked through the fires of love and art in Philadelphia theater, moved to New York to embrace theatrical experience, then ended up as far west as she could go, in LaLa Land, where now she is free to pursue any and every idea that comes into her head. Her motto is: "The best way to work is to not quite know what you are doing," a quote by an ad man named Tibor Kalman. She is married to Bill Burns, her model for Gus Dauber in the collection, Inappropriately Yours, and revels in the knowledge that from her parents, who rode horses to school in rural America, her life spread outward in pursuit of freedom. Not sure what freedom was, she threw herself at it, gave it up for love—suffering and great joy took turns—and found it again, learning in the end that freedom is commitment. Her life was saved many times by Colette and other great writers, Zen books, Yoga, but above all by television. Yes, TV. HBO, Netflix, Amazon, and other networks, writers and producers have at last brought prickly, complicated, hard-to-define women to life so that she does not feel as if women live in an alternate reality.
She has a degree in French and 30 graduate hours in French literature, experience teaching French, years of repertoire acting experience, legal proofreading and editing experience, has been a volunteer for Sunset Hall, The Wonder of Reading, and presently for the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
“I have always wanted to be free. I don’t know why. Nor do I know what it means, to be free. If you were to pull all my nails out, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. But although I can’t put it in words, I do know what it is. I have always desired it. I still desire it. That’s all I desire. At first I was a prisoner of other people. So I left them. Then I was the prisoner of myself. That was worse. So I left myself.” Samuel Beckett. Elutheria
ProofreadER, coach and tutor