Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi
Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author (Yemaya’s Daughters, Baltimore: A Love Letter, Remains…, The Blood of A Thousand Roots, For Black Trans Girls…, Brew, Keeper, Incarnate, Wither, Bone, Solace, Hierodule) Educator, Advocate, Choreographer, Priestess, Speech Writer, Playwright (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem, For Black Trans Girls…, Absalom), Writing Coach, Healer, a Founding Member of Force Collision, and a 2x Helen Hayes Award Nominee (2016, 2018) and co-editor of the Black Trans Prayer Book. She is the founder of The Inanna D Initiatives, which curates, produces and cultivates events and initiatives designed to center and celebrate the work of TGNC Artist of Color. Considered one of the most prolific artists of our time, she is the first Trans woman of color to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016), and in DC to publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya’s Daughters (2013). She was also the first Twoc playwright to receive a mainstage world premier of a play (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem at Theater Alliance May 2019). In 2015 she received an emerging Leader Award for her work with the D.C. Trans Community, is the GLBT History Project’s 2018 receipt of the Mujeres en el Movimiento Arts Award and received Trans Latinx DMV’s Community Artist Award. She has costarred as Patra in the new web series King Ester and acted as a story consultant for the series. She has two upcoming books, a novel She of the Fallen Stars: A Space Opera and a book of poetic reflections entitled Infrastructure Of A Nation.
For our August 22 Virtual Conference, she will be speaking on Theatre as an agent for change and cultivating an equitable future.