Toronto born and raised, Karena Evans is quickly becoming one of the world’s most sought-after directors. The multifaceted award-winning director, actor and writer began her rise as an intern for veteran music video director, Director X. Her visual style is cinematic, authentic, and narrative-heavy.
As an actor, Karena’s career has allowed her opportunities to Guest Star on series such as In Contempt, be featured in a supporting role in acclaimed feature “Every Day” (MGM), and additionally, Karena can be seen as a series regular on season two of the popular series “Mary Kills People” (Lifetime/eOne).
As Karena continues to evolve, she makes history becoming the first woman to receive the Prism Prize’s Lipsett Award for her innovative creative approach to music video art — one of the highest music video honours in the country. At the outset of her career, she worked with clients such as SiR, Anders, Belly, CBC Arts’ “Heartbreak to Art” 10-part-series, Nike’s Air Max campaign and her heartfelt “Black Lives Matter” social commentary piece.
Karena’s style and brand of work led her to direct the groundbreaking GOD’S PLAN and NICE FOR WHAT music videos for Drake, along with the ethereal GARDEN video for SZA. This trailblazer is an auteur, a strong black woman and a prolific visionary. Bear witness to the future of storytelling.
BEHIND THE SCENES