Sidney Edwards is an actress (AEA), singer, dancer, improv artist, and director. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of the African American Theatre Program at the University of Louisville. Sidney received a BFA in musical theater in her home state of North Carolina from William Peace University in Raleigh. From there, Sidney went on to receive an MFA in theatre and performance and a graduate certificate in African American theatre from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY.
One of her proudest accomplishments is being awarded a Distinguished Actor award from the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival for her thesis performance as Ida B. Wells in Miss Ida B. Wells (See Dissertation). Sidney was also honored to perform at the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival in Kritsten Greenidge's Baltimore, directed by Nefertiti Burton. She was the recipient of the annual Warren Oates award for her outstanding work and promise as an MFA student.
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 worked as a teaching artist for Cleveland Play House and the legendary Karamu House Theater. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University. Sidney has completed several theatre for young audiences tours, including one with Missoula Children's Theatre in Missoula, Montana.