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.
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