Zainab Jah was born in London. Theatre credits include Maima in Eclipsed (Yale Repertory Theatre); Azmera in Tranced (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Mayme in Intimate Apparel (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); Helen of Troy in Trojan Women (Drama Desk Award) and Regan in King Lear (The Classical Theatre of Harlem); Hamida in In Darfur (The Public Theater/NYSF); Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Queen Isabella in Edward II (The Queen’s Company); and Macaria in Peter Sellars’ Children of Herakles. Film and television credits include Dinner Rush with Danny Aiello; principal roles in “100 Centre Street,” directed by Sidney Lumet; and “Law & Order: SVU.” Ms. Jah received the Best Actress Award for Nick Mwaluko’sWaafrika, which was presented as part of the 2007 Fresh Fruit Festival and again for Nick Mwaluko’s S/HE in 2009. She also recently received a 2010 AUDELCO Best Supporting Actress nomination for Koffi Kwahule’s Bintou (The Movement Theatre Company). Ms. Jah spent her childhood in Sierra Leone where she was a regular on children's television shows. She studied dance at the London School of Contemporary Dance and Leeds University in Yorkshire.