Program Books/Naïma Hebrail Kidjo (she/her)

Naïma Hebrail Kidjo (she/her)

book and lyrics

Naïma Hebrail Kidjo is a Franco-Beninese actress and writer who grew up between Brook­lyn and Paris. She has inhabited a wide range of roles on stages across the country, working at iconic organizations such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Steppenwolf Theatre Com­pany. Favorite credits include Iseult et Tristan (IAMA Theatre Company and LaMama Exper­i­mental Theatre Club, Square Circle Plays (Mur­murs, Los Angeles and the Geffen Gallery at MOCA), Rachels (The Pussy Grabber Plays, Los Angeles), The Crucible (Steppenwolf Theatre), Ruther­ford’s Travels (Pegasus Theatre), and Dracula (Williamstown Theatre Festival). On-screen, she has been seen as a paramedic on Chicago Med and Chicago P.D., throughout seven combined seasons, and has acted in short films shot in Los Angeles and Paris. Kidjo is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and of Yale University, where her play Pixel Souls, an exploration of the intersection between photo­graphy and theater, won the Berkeley College Arts Prize.