Sidney Edwards

Assistant Professor, Head of the African American Theatre Program


Sidney Edwards is an educator, actress, singer, dancer and improv artist. Sidney earned a BFA in musical theater from William Peace University in her home state of North Carolina. From there, Sidney went on to receive an MFA in performance and a graduate certificate in African American theatre from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. After matriculation, Sidney spent time in Northeast Ohio working as a performer, director's assistant and dramaturg.

One of her proudest accomplishments is being awarded a Distinguished Actor award from the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival for her performance as Ida B. Wells in Miss Ida B. Wells. Sidney was also honored to perform at the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival in Kritsten Greenidge's Baltimore. Some of her favorite roles include Amneris in Karamu House's 2019 production of Aida, Sally Bowles in Cabaret (NC), and Squeak in The Color Purple (NC).

Sidney is passionate about arts education and has served as a teaching artist for Kentucky Shakespeare, Cleveland Play House, Baldwin Wallace University (Adjunct Professor), and the legendary Karamu House Theater (the oldest producing Black theatre in the country) in Cleveland, Ohio.