an intermedia artist-actor
performance artist
storyteller




On Danielle Deadwyler // Didi Xio

Artist. Innovator. Sanctifier of female sexuality.


Danielle Deadwyler is an assortment of artistic talent, whose sophisticated spunk and ingenuity has graced stages, screens, and pages. An Atlanta native, Deadwyler's artistry is rooted in theatre, dance, and creative writing. Nurtured at local staples such as Gate City Heritage House, Total Dance Theatre, Gary Harrison Studios, Atlanta Street Theatre, Henry W. Grady High, and Spelman College, Deadwyler's skills have been honed almost wholly amongst a distinctly Southern landscape. Having ventured north to study under Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley, Ms. Deadwyler deepened her analysis of issues facing women and African Americans while attaining a Master's of Arts in American Studies from Columbia University.

Now in her creative prime, Ms. Deadwyler has recorded three sonic projects, performed in four regional theatre productions, produced music videos, short films, and two web series, blogged for a variety of websites, and written for local newspapers. As a professional actor Deadwyler has performed in productions with Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, Horizon Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. She is the Creative Loafing Atlanta 2013 Critics Pick for Best Actress and a Suzi Bass award nominated performer. In Fall 2013, she presented (dis)possessed: the live mixtape, a one?woman theatrical performance art work, for Spelman College's Museum of Fine Art as a part of their Black Box series.

In 2012, she had her made?for?television movie debut in A Cross to Bear on the Up Network (formerly GMC channel). As the film's lead, she played opposite popular figures Kim Fields, Malinda Williams, Jackie Long, and Kenny Lattimore. 2013 led to another leading film role opposite Gbenga Akinnagbe in Sweet, Sweet Country, an award winning short film exploring immigrant dreams in America. 2014 will see her in BET's Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union.

As a budding filmmaker and producer, Deadwyler's first short film Brummagem (2011) is an abstract exploration of gentrified Atlanta and was listed as a semi?finalist in the first annual Creative Loafing Atlanta shorts contest. Her video, Do Not Resuscitate, was a WonderRoot Local Film night finalist (2013). In 2013, she was Co?Producer for Public Avenue, a new media production company, which presents the web series' On Beauty with Doc Waller and The Adventures of Heather & Okorie. She also starred in and produced the American Black Film Festival 2014 Official Selection Ir/Reconcilable, a short film starring Jasmine Guy, Dick Gregory and Crystal Fox.

A published poet and writer, Ms. Deadwyler is an observer of all things pop culture, art, and gender?centric. She is a cultural/food lifestyle writer with contributions to foodculturist.com, examiner.com, and Encore Atlanta. Her creative writing has been published in The Art Section and Achiote Press's chapbook "Speaking Truths".