Edward Edwards left Juilliard and started his association with Michael and Jackie Lessac in 1974 as a founding member of The Colonnades Theatre Lab. He has been acting and directing in theatre, films and television ever since.
As an actor, Edward’s Broadway theatre credits include the Mike Nichols production of Streamers and playing the title role in The Nerd, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly. Los Angeles theatre credits include Another Part of the Forest at The Ahmanson, Porgy and Bess at The LA Opera, Baby With The Bathwater at The Coronet Theatre and The Hasty Heart for which he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has had numerous guest starring roles in episodic and made for television movies. And has had supporting roles in ten feature films.
As a director, Edward directed and co-produced the West Coast premiere of Tender Napalm, earning awards from LA Weekly for Best One Act Direction and Best Direction from StageSceneLA.. He was awarded Best Director by StageSceneLA for the West Coast premiere of THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY at The Malibu Playhouse. For The Ruskin Group Theatre, he has directed two critically acclaimed productions: All My Sons (awarded Best Director by StageSceneLA) and The Collector. For Pacific Resident Theatre he directed The Idyllic World of Lillian Cortessi. At The University of Southern California he has directed Dancing at Lughnasa and The Dream of the Burning Boy.
Edward also has also written and directed a reader’s theatre script based on the R.J. Palacio novel, Wonder. The Children’s Craniofacial Association uses this script as a study guide enhancement in classrooms across the USA.
Edward has had a twenty-seven year association with The Santa Monica Public Library, serving as chairman of the Library Board and as president of FSMPL.