Zuri Washington

Beautiful Brilliance

Zuri Sanah Washington (whose name is derived from the Swahili word for "beautiful" and the Arabic for "brilliant") is a city girl from the Bronx whose lifelong love for entertaining is in her blood.  Her family consists of award-winning Jazz vocalist Lynette Washington and award-winning pianist and producer Dennis Bell (founder of the group New Voices of Freedom).  Her cousin, Sidra Bell is an award winning dancer and founder/artistic director of the company Sidra Bell Dance NY. Surrounded by art on all sides, it was only a matter of time before Zuri made the leap as well.

She just decided on a slightly different path...

 Photo by David Makman

Photo by David Makman

 Photo by David Makman

Photo by David Makman

Zuri went to the Dalton School for 11 years and graduated, joining the alumni ranks of artists such as Barrett Foa, Jennifer Grey, Chevy Chase, and Claire Danes and hopes to follow in their illustrious footsteps.  She has been actively pursuing a career in theatre and the arts since she was 14 years old when she first asked her mother if she could skip a day of school to be seen for "The Lion King" on Broadway. Thankfully she said yes! After quite a few years which consisted primarily of playing men in middle and high school, she moved on to college and graduated with a BFA from Point Park University; magna cum laude with honors.

After graduating, she took on the lead role of Danielle in the national tour of Bring it On: The Musical helmed by renowned choreographer Andy Blankenbeuhler ("Hamilton", "In the Heights", etc.).  With Bring It On, Zuri was given the opportunity to cross the seas to Japan in order to play to packed houses at the beautiful Tokyo Orb Theater.  

 

Not long after that, she starred in the national tour of Memphis as Felicia Farrell.  In 2015, she was fortunate enough to join the regional premiere cast of Sister Act at the Ogunquit Playhouse (a co-production with the Gateway Playhouse) as the Standby for Deloris Van Cartier where she also received her Equity card.  She is now a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association and has had the good fortune to continuously work on some great projects that have lead her to this point in her career.

And now, her journey conintues...