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in these streets

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe is an award-winning actor, director, playwright, dramaturg, and scholar of theatre. 


She has received numerous accolades for her professional work including

- Two Rabin nominations for directing work in Dallas 

- Best Ensemble from TBA for the theater company she founded

 - The  Dean Goodman Award for Excellence for her direction of The Old Settler 

- A GOLDIE for acting from the SF Bay Guardian

-  A Dramalogue for acting

and a plethora of rave reviews. 


In addition, Edris specializes in working in academic settings as a workshop leader, guest director, or visiting faculty  - working to generate excitement for the theatre and innovate the field. 


Bring the generative work of Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe to your organization, institution or project. 


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Recent projects include:

  • World Premiere of  the acclaimed trans rock opera, The Red Shades,  at Z Space

  • Sony Labou Tansi's political satire, Parentheses of Blood at Stanford University TAPS

  • Pulitzer Prize winning author Danielle Evans' Boys Go to Jupiter, Word for Word, San Francisco

what the people say


  • "Edris..strikes a good balance between knowing exactly what they want and having a clear vision...but is also very mindful of giving the actors freedom"  " strong critiques that are easy to work with"  - Matthew Canlas, Stanford University theater student

  • "create(s) moments of dazzling artistry" - Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle

  • "wonderfully fluid staging" - Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle

  • "skilled directing...searing, powerful" - David John Chavez, SF Chronicle

  • "what more could you want from a night of theatre" J.P Shufmann, Knoxville Theatre Club


  • "In a variety of roles, Cooper-Anifowoshe is so natural, so unstudied, that the whole theater experience melts away, and you’re surprised, as a scene moves on, to remember that you’re in a performance space." Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle

  • " a hoot" - Eddy Reynolds, SF Theatre Critic

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