Níkẹ Uche Kadri (they/he/ènìyàn) is a practitioner of collaborative solidarity, the founder of Dagbasi Productions and a proud Trans/Genderqueer self-identified Lesbian, first-generation Nigerian, actor, writer and producer from the South.
Níkẹ’s mission is to create and take part in work that challenges and moves forward social consciousness. They want to inspire empathy in everyone and offer validation and healing for those who are marginalized. Níkẹ believes that transformative work happens on screen, behind the scenes and by creating opportunity for those who have been systematically disenfranchised to succeed.
Níkẹ has successfully created shorts that pass the Bechdel, Ava Duvernay and/or Vito Russo tests to critical acclaim including Pink & Blue and Her First Kill (Best Director award), which is now a pilot for a limited series. A short film screenplay of theirs was 1 of 3 chosen for the BRIC Black Box Filmmaking Intensive. They were proud to be a Screenwriting Artist-in-Residence at The Lark/New York Stage and Film. Níkẹ has several more projects in development and is based in NYC and ATL.
As an actor, Níkẹ has performed Off-Broadway, regionally and can be seen on CBS ALL ACCESS, HBO and Netflix. Níkẹ is also a Drama Desk Award Winner and graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program.