You may catch her on an episode of Steven King's Under the Dome, starring in Plenty (a short film based on a story idea by the actress herself), or hashtaging #searchingfortaksu while performing and coaching across the globe.
Zuri recently completed her MFA in Acting at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. Throughout her career and training, she has received awards and fellowships from Jack Nicholson, Mariska Hargitay, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Cirque Du Soleil, The Black Women Film Network, and many more. Before training at UCLA, she studied at the British American Drama Academy in London and at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
As an educator, Zuri has taught acting workshops at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, as well as acting and performance technique at UCLA. Passionate about performing arts training for people of color, she recently launched the Zuri Adele Fellowship for HBCU Alumni, a scholarship for HBCU Alumni pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television.
In 2015, Zuri teamed up with an international ensemble to workshop Sarah Kane's Blasted in Bali, Indonesia. She also took the lead as Ursula in the United States premeire of Magda Fertacz' Trash Story at UCLA, which kicked off Polish Theatre Week in Los Angeles. She reigned as Vindici in UCLA's gender-swapping production of The Revenger's Tragedy, directed by the award-winning Lisa Wolpe. In 2014, Zuri starred as Josephine Baker in the world premiere of La Perle Noire, also at her graduate alma mater.
During her time in Atlanta in 2013, Zuri performed in the National Black Arts Festival's staged reading of Da Kink in My Hair with Angie Stone, Melanie Fiona, and Terri J. Vaughn. Under the direction of Kenny Leon, Lydia Diamond, Jasmine Guy, and Latanya Richardson-Jackson, she performed and understudied timeless works (Smart People, Two Trains Running, The Mountaintop) at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre. Zuri is also known for her work with the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre (God of Carnage, What I Learned in Paris) and Georgia Shakespeare (Metamorphoses, Mighty Myths and Legends). Zuri Adele's journey has just begun, and she is grateful to the world for embracing her.