BIO

DUBBED "THE ANCIENT JAZZ PRIESTESS OF MOTHER AFRICA", LADY DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI IS AN AFRICAN,CUBAN, INDIGENIOUS, AMERICAN TRANS PERFORMANCE ARTIST, AUTHOR (YEMAYA'S DAUGHTERS,  BREW, WITHER   BALTIMORE: A LOVE LETTERKEEEPERREMAINS:A GATHERING OF BONES, INCARNATE, FOR BLACK TRANS GIRLS WHO GOTTA CUSS A MOTHER FUCKER OUT WHEN SNATCHING AN EDGE AIN'T ENOUGH, SOLACE), TEACHER, CHOREOGRAPHER, ORACLUR CONSULTANT, EDUCATOR, HEALER, ADVOCATE, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR,  AND A FOUNDING MEMBER OF FORCE COLLISION.


 

A NATIVE OF BALTIMORE MARYLAND, AND GROWING UP SINGING JAZZ (UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF HER AUNT LIZ FIGUEROA, RUBY GLOVER & MARK COOK) AND GOSPEL; LADY DANE BEGAN TO STUDY MUSIC "FORMALLY" AT THE BALTIMORE  SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY.

 

AN ACTOR SINGER, DANCER, WRITER AND TEACHER; LADY DANE MADE HER CABARET DEBUT AT THE AGE OF 17 AND IN 2011  MADE HER NEW YORK DEBUT.

 

AFTER BEGINNING TO STUDY THE DANCES OF HER ANCESTORS; LADY DANE BEGAN COMBINING AFRICAN, AND NATIVE AMERICAN RYTHMS INTO HER SHOWS.

 

ALTHOUGH PRIMARILY KNOWN FOR HER EXPLOSIVE CABARET, LADY DANE IS A PASSIONATE ACTOR AND HAS WORKED AT SUCH THEATRES AS ROUND HOUSE THEATRE, THE KENNEDY CENTER, THEATRE FOR THE NEW CITY, ARENA STAGE, ADVENTURE THEATRE, ATLAS THEATRE, SPOOKY ACTION THEATRE LAMAMA WHERE LADY DANE WAS PRIVILEDGED TO ORIGINATE THE ROLE OF THE VAUDIVELLE QUEEN CORDELIA MCCLAIN IN SHAPE.

 

 

IN DECEMBER 2013 LADY DANE BECAME THE FIRST TRANS WOMAN OF COLOR AUTHOR IN DC TO PUBLISH A NOVEL OF FICTION (YEMAYA'S DAUGHTERS) WHOSE MAIN PROTAGONIST WAS A TRANS WOMAN AND CENTERED ON THE EFFECTS OF COLONIZATION ON INDIGENOUS CULTURES.

 

 

 

IN 2014, SHE WAS FEATURED IN SEASON 1 OF THE WEBSERIES THE GREEN VESPERS. AND IN 2018 CO-STARRED IN THE WEBSERIES KING ESTER AS PATRA.

 

 

HER STORY HERIDAS WAS FEATURED IN DICCION QUEER'S FIRST ANTHOLOGY ENSAYOS DE PAPEL. HER STORY MATCHMAKER IS FEATURED IN THE ANTHOLOGY MEANWHILE, ELSEWHERE, AND HER STORY THE WITCHES GREY IS FEATURED IN NAMELESS WOMAN.

 

 

IN 2015 SHE RECIEVED THE PIONEER AWARD FOR WORK WITH THE DC TRANS COMMUNITY AND WAS HONORED AS ONE OF THE TRANS 10O.

 

SHE MADE HISTORY AGAIN AS THE FIRST TRANS PLAYWRIGHT WHOSE WORK IS APART OF THEATER ALLAINCES'S HOT HOUSE  NEW PLAY READING SERIES.

IN 2018 SHE RECIEVED A MUJERES EN EL MOVIMIENTO AWARD FROM LATINO GLBT HISTORY PROJECT. 

IN 2018 SHE ALSO BECAME MS.  DC LATINX PRIDE 2018-2019. 

 

IN 2016, SHE ALONG WITH PERFORMANCE ARTIST/PRODUCER D'LO BECAME THE FIRST TRANS ARTIST TO DO AN ARTIST RESIDENCY AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY FOR THEIR ONGOING ANNUAL TRANS ARTIST RESIDENCY SERIES. 

IN 2019, HER PLAY KLYTMNESTRA: AN EPIC SLAM POEM RECEIVED A WORLD PREMIER AT THEATER ALLIANCE AFTER HAVING BEEN WORKSHOPED AT SPOOKYACTION THEATER, WOW THEATER CAFE, AND THEATER ALLIANCE. 

SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH J MASE III TO PRODUCE/EDIT THE BLACK TRANS PRAYER BOOK.

 

SHE IS A 2016 HELEN HAYES AWARD NOMINEE FOR HER CHOREOGRAPHY IN DONTRELL WHO KISSED THE SEA AT THEATER ALLIANCE. AND LANDED A SECOND NOMINATION IN 2018 FOR HER CHOREOGRAPHY IN NINA SIMONE:FOUR WOMEN AT ARENA STAGE.

 

SHE HAS HAD WORK FEATURED IN QUEER OF GENDER, BLACK FEMME WITCHES BREW, AND TRANS FAITH.

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