(1982 – 2015)
Edena Hines was born March 4, 1982. She received training at New York University’s prestigious Graduate Acting Program. Edena was known for her work on the New York Stage in, All’s Well That Ends Well (New York Shakespeare In The Park), Nationally Attractive Teen Organization-NATO (Impact Festival, Bleeker Street Theater), Delta Rising (Ping Chong Company, BRIC Studio) the world premiere of Henry Box Brown (by Tony Kushner, directed by Mark Wing Davey); Regional Theater, Welcome To Wandaland (Rites and Reasons Theater), A Raisin In The Sun (Westport Playhouse), RACE (Gulfport Playhouse), Shipwrecked (Penguin Repertory Theater); TV/Film, What Would You Do(ABC), 5 Flights Up (directed by Richard Loncraine). Edena was cast as Cece in the upcoming film Landing Up, alongside Ben Rappaport, Stacey Maltin and Dov Tiefenbach. The movie was written by Maltin and directed by Daniel Tenenbaum and scheduled to premiere in 2016.
To The Family and Friends of Edena;
It is with tremendous sadness I write this letter on behalf of The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. Staff, Board Members, Family and Friends. I have just been advised of the unfortunate and tragic loss of one of our own, Edena Hines.
Edena recently joined our cast in the reading of A Photograph: Lovers In Motion and immediately became precious among us. She had a giving spirit and a dazzling smile that infected us all. Edena was a joy to work with; possessing a rare gift of passion and commitment that was evident in her work and her camaraderie.
We believe Edena was a burgeoning talent on the precipice of greatness with an ability to embody characters gracefully and naturally as if they belonged to her. We will all remember her beauty, her happy mischievousness, and her tremendous artistry.
We at NEC are desperately searching to understand the loss of such a promising talent and such a magnificent and extraordinary human being. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family, loved ones and friends. We will miss our beloved friend.