Who is de'Adre aziza?
De’Adre Aziza’s Broadway debut, Passing Strange earned her a 2008 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, a Theater World Award, Obie Award, and Audelco award nomination. Since that time, De’Adre has also appeared in the Broadway musicals Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown, and A Night With Janis Joplin.
De'Adre's acting journey began at 15, when she was accepted, along with 31 other teens from across the country, into a summer acting program for high school students at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. It was in New York, studying at the Lee Strasberg Institute, that she put her passion for science aside and decided to become an actor. She applied and was accepted into NYU at the age of 16. While there, she again studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School with a focus on Shakespeare.
Her involvement with Passing Strange began with a workshop for The Public Theater at Stanford University. She originated the roles she later went on to play at Berkeley Rep, The Public Theater, and then on Broadway. Spike Lee became a fan of the show and shot the live version which was later released as a film and is currently on Netflix and available on Amazon. The film version made its debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, and continued its journey at the SXSW, Seattle, and Tribeca Film Festivals, later receiving a run at IFC Theaters in NYC. Since then, De’Adre has appeared in 2 other Spike Lee films, Miracle at St. Anna, and Red Hook Summer, and sang on the soundtrack for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. She has also continued her career in theater by working with the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Yale Rep where she is a Beinecke fellow.
De'Adre has also made her mark in the world of jazz, having won the New York’s Sexiest Jazz Vocalist contest – put on by New York’s Smooth Jazz station CD101.9, Tavern On The Green, and The Department of Bermuda Tourism – 3 years in a row. By winning, De'Adre won 3 trips to the Bermuda Music Festival – where she one year performed with Roy Ayers – and became the voice of the smooth jazz jingles on CD101.9 for 4 years. De'Adre has had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl in the concert series Ask Your Mama, featuring opera legend Jessye Norman, hip-hop legends The Roots, and jazz singer Nnenna Freelon.
De’Adre was born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Teaneck, NJ.