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Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Pronouns: She/Hers   ·   Twitter: @THELadyDane

Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author (Yemaya’s Daughters, Brew, Baltimore: A Love Letter, Wither, Remains: A Gathering of Bones, Keeper, Bone, The Blood of A Thousand Roots, Incarnate, and For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Motherfucker out When Snatching an Edge Ain’t Enough: A Choreo Poem, Solace), Teacher, Choreographer, Oracular Consultant, Spiritual Life Coach, Priestess, Speech Writer, Writing Coach, Advocate, Healer, a Founding Member of Force Collision, and a 2x Helen Hayes Award Nominee (2016, 2018).

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 artist of our time, she is the first Trans woman of color to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016), in DC to publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya’s Daughters (2013)), and chosen for Theater Alliance’s Hothouse Festival, having her play Absalom read at the Kenney Center’s Prelude Festival.

From Baltimore Maryland, and growing up singing jazz, she has been utilizing art as a tool for healing, revolution and collective liberation since she was a child, giving birth to several arts advocacy initiatives.

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