Edwina Findley Dickerson is an award-winning film, television, and theatre actress, hailed by critics as “A marvel to watch.” She made her prime-time debut as “Tosha Mitchell” on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire, followed by four seasons as “Davina Lambreaux” on HBO’s Emmy-Nominated drama series Treme, set in Post-Katrina New Orleans.
A chameleon actress, Edwina garnered attention for her role as “Rosie” in director Ava Duvernay’s Sundance award-winning feature Middle of Nowhere, and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her “skin prickling performance” as “Melva Neddy” in Jake Mahaffy’s Free In Deed, based on a true story. Edwina will next be seen opposite Toni Collette in Amazon’s upcoming thriller, The Power.
Comedically, Edwina gave a hilarious turn as Kevin Hart’s wife, “Rita,” in Warner Bros’ hit comedy Get Hard with Will Ferrell, and as “Dee” in HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She can now be seen in Apple TV+ comedy, Life By Ella.
Not one to slow down, Edwina can also be seen in AMC+ new thriller Rogue Agent, and as the lead in BET+ upcoming movie, Oh Baby Baby. She starred for five seasons as the bright-eyed yet troubled “Kelly” on Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and recurred as “Shirlane Woods” in the FOX drama Shots Fired from Woman King filmmaker Gina Prince Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood, as “Diana,” the ax-wielding warrior on Fear The Walking Dead, as “Sydney” in NBC’s hit show Chicago Med, and as “Tori,” the beautiful and cunning sister of Black Lightning’s nemesis in superhero series Black Lightning.
Edwina studied theatre and classical music at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in her hometown, Washington, DC, and is an alumna of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theatre Company Off-Broadway and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre. At NYU, Edwina was honored with the prestigious Outstanding Artist and Scholar Award, Founder’s Day Award, the Dean’s List, and induction into the Tisch University Scholars Program. Edwina continued her arts training at UCLA, Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), and with Yale Drama’s Gregory Berger-Sorbeck.
Theatrically, Edwina has performed on the New York stage and at some of the nation’s finest regional theaters, including The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Juilliard, Atlantic Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, Baltimore Centerstage, Cleveland Playhouse, Arden Theatre Company, Ojai Playwright’s Conference, and more. Edwina was nominated for an NAACP theatre award for Eclipsed, written by Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) and set during the Liberian war, and the historical drama Gee’s Bend, for which Edwina was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. Other plays including Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Antigone, Cyrano De Bergerac, Into the Woods, Crowns, and Crumbs From the Table of Joy from Pulitzer prize-winner Lynn Nottage.
Edwina and her husband Kelvin Dickerson, are the Co-Founders of the nonprofit organization AbundantLifeU, and regularly travel the world speaking, teaching, and inspiring artists, young adults, women, and leaders to uncover their purpose and live their dreams.
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