Creator/Writer/Producer/Assistant Director/Actress also playing the role of Khyli Evans Kisha Shantell (born Lakisha Shantell L. Evans; November 14, 1984) in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Doris Evans and Ray L. Evans, the lead Guitarist and Pianist in the family band called “The Chicago Wonders.” Shantell is an American actress, dancer, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and creative mind, specializing in the urban genre. She is known for her roles as writer/director/producer/actress in her web series Khyli’s Tangled World (2019). Kisha Shantell is also writing other web series, which are scheduled to premiere in early 2020 and late 2020: A Teenage Love Affair (2020), The Battered Woman (2020), The Heart of a Woman (2020) & Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (2020).
As a child Shantell did her own acting and dancing around the house, performing short skits for her family, often imitating people she may have seen at school, the playground, shopping malls, etc. Shantell spent her summers at cheerleading/dance camp. She attended Roger C. Sullivan High School in Chicago, Illinois. Her sophomore year at Sullivan High School, she was pleased to meet Savion Glover the Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor through her dance teacher Ms. Deidre M Dawson.
While in high school, Shantell learned various types of dance (Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Tap, Latin, etc.). People noticed that Shantell stood out, and her dance teacher offered her a spot in the CPS All-City Dance Ensemble as one of the dance captains. Shantell had the opportunity to dance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After that performance, she knew that acting and dancing would forever be a part of her life.
After graduating high school in 2003, Shantell landed some extra roles. She was a featured extra in a short film, Faster, which was accepted into several festivals including the Chicago International Film Festival, the Cannes Short Film Corner, and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Shantell does not obtain any degree in performing arts, she did take a few acting classes at the Chicago Performing Arts Academy (2012). While watching an older episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she heard someone describe the sometimes therapeutic effect the act of writing can have, enabling the author to work out his or her own problems. This comment inspired her to apply herself to a career in writing. She soon started writing to herself in her journal, which became the basis for the web series, Khyli’s Tangled World.
Director; Casting Director/Marketing Director/Maurice Jim Hamilton
Jim Hamilton has been involved in the Performing Arts, at various different levels his entire life. From playing Mushroom #3, in his 3rd grade adaptation of, The Forest Ain't So Scary, he's also been acting, he's a musician and a promoter. He's been in over 50 episodics (NBC Productions, Empire, Shameless and Easy), as well as, shot commercials for Eon Clinics and Wild Turkey Vanilla. He's also worked on a handful of feature films, which are due to Premiere this year.. and a few NEW pilots and Proof of Concept Trailer.
This is Jim's debut into the Directing world, but we're all certain that he's going to bring this amazing story to life in the most beautiful way.
Mr. Chad Evans/Dad Rodney Greene
Rodney Greene was the City Clerk of Evanston until May 9, 2017, where he served for 9 years. Previously he was employed by Northwestern University for 20 years. Now in his retirement from an elected position in Evanston's local government, and Northwestern University, he has reinvented himself. Rodney is now enjoying his first love Acting. He has been an extra on Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Empire as a Quincy Jones look-alike. He has been awarded many accolades including "Rookie of the Year," "Scientist of the Year," "Master Municipal Clerk (MMC)" just to name a few. He also has a singing voice as a Tenor/Baritone, serves as an Evanston Police Chaplain. Rodney is now involved in the filming of Radio Silence, Khyli's Tangled World, and the film Burnt Yar (debuting December 2018).
Uncle June Evans Tony L Austin
Tony L Austin was born and raised in Chicago. He started acting in High School and has had a passion for the arts ever since.