Dane Figueroa Edidi

2022 Princess Grace Honoraria
Nominated by: Long Wharf Theatre


Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Black Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American performance artist, author, Choreographer, Helen Hayes Award Winning playwright, co-founder of The Black Trans Prayer Book, and an associate producer of Black Trans Women at the Center at Long Wharf Theatre.


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. Having received nominations in the categories of acting, choreography, and playwriting.


In 2015, she received an Emerging Leader Award for her work with the DC Trans Community and is the GLBT History Project’s 2018 recipient of the Mujeres en el Movimiento Arts Award.


In 2021, she was awarded the Helen Meirrill Award for playwriting.


She has appeared as Patra in King Ester and acted as a consultant on the series. She wrote episode 9 of Round House Theater’s web series Homebound. Lady Dane acted in Untitled documentary project and wrote episode 1. She also played Dr. Grave Grace in the web series, I Need Space and narrated the Netflix series The Visions of Us.