De'Adre Aziza

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De'Adre Aziza
De'Adre Danielle Aziza

(1977-06-14) June 14, 1977 (age 42)
Years active2006–present

De'Adre Danielle Aziza (/diˈdrə əˈzzə/; born June 14, 1977) is an American actress and singer.

Early life[edit]

Aziza was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Donna Avery, retired part time Assistant Professor and textiles specialist at Parsons The New School for Design.[1][2][3] She attended The Harlem School of the Arts for eleven years, the Dance Theater of Harlem for five. She is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.


She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Passing Strange,[4] in which she played "teenage goddess" Edwina Williams, Dutch neo-hippie Marianna, and German revolutionary/filmmaker Sudabey. She recently appeared again on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.[5]


  1. ^ Andrews, Dianne (2010-08-17). Gumbo for the Heart. p. 123. ISBN 9781452032047. Retrieved 2016-03-02 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Sommers, Michael W. "Scaling 'the Heights': Musical charmer catches Tonys' eye with 13 nods", The Star-Ledger, May 13, 2008. Accessed October 19, 2011. "Among the nominees with Jersey roots are Kinnelon native Laura Benanti as featured actress in a musical for gracefully portraying an ugly duckling who becomes stripper extraordinaire Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy; lifelong Teaneck resident de'Adre Aziza in the same category for playing several characters in "Passing Strange..."
  3. ^ Kiper, Dmitry. "de'Adre Aziza",, May 22, 2008. Accessed October 19, 2011. "A year after de'Adre—pronounced 'Dee-A-dra,' a fanciful variation on Deidre—was born, her mom got a job offer in New York, but 'being from the country, she didn't want to move to the big city, so she moved to Teaneck,' the actress explains."
  4. ^ Archived from the original on March 26, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "de'Adre aziza". Retrieved 2016-03-02.

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