Mae-Li Evans came to radio after studying drama, theatre and film. She cut her teeth at community station Transmission Roundhouse in Chalk Farm thanks to their drop-in radio sessions and courses. After this, she got a job as studio manager for the online radio station Monocle 24. Her specialism is arts and culture podcasts, especially those which seek to be creative in editorial angle and treatment as well as subject matter. Previous projects include Kate Hutchinson’s The Last Bohemians episode on punk painter Gee Vaucher, and guest-producing an episode of Lou Mensah’s Shade podcast.
Since 2020 she has been the lead producer of weekly magazine podcast Monocle On Design and On Design Extra, which delve into the fields of fashion, architecture, crafts and graphics from across the globe for Monocle 24. She has also made ‘audio portraits’ for exhibitions and installations, such as ‘Soho Stories’, delving into the lives of local residents of the area, as well as for the Empathy Museum for the ‘From Where I Am Standing’ exhibition that documented life during the pandemic.
She has led workshops in audio production for beginners at the Roundhouse, Create Jobs and the London Podcast Festival; made ‘The Root of the Matter’ for the Wellcome Collection and has been producer on a five-part podcast series that explores what the plant world has to teach us about being human, traversing various terrain to look a little closer at our connections to the vegetal world. Evans has also produced Sonic Histories, a 12-part audio tour of Somerset House featuring creative vignettes by writers Ava Wong-Davies, Sabrina Mahfouz, Laura Lomas and Rex Obano, rich sound design and original music; and Oh Yoko!, a 60-minute Archive on 4 documentary for BBC Radio 4 to mark Yoko Ono's 90th birthday.
Nominated by: Joby Waldman, managing director, Reduced Listening