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DANAI GURIRA (Okoye) is an award-winning playwright and actress. As a playwright, her works include "In the Continuum" (OBIE Award, Outer Critics Award, Helen Hayes Award); "Eclipsed" (Tony Award nomination: Best Play; NAACP Award; Helen Hayes Award: Best New Play; Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Production of a Play) and "The Convert" (six Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Outer Critics Award).

Gurira's newest play "Familiar" received its world premiere at Yale Rep in 2015 and premiered in New York at Playwrights Horizons in February of 2016. She is a recipient of the Sam Norkin Award at the 2016 Drama Desk Awards, a Whiting Award, a Hodder Fellow and has been commissioned by Yale Rep, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons and the Royal Court. She is currently developing a pilot for HBO.

As an actor, Gurira has appeared in the films "The Visitor" and "Mother of George," and she also played Isabella in NYSF's "Measure for Measure" (Equity Callaway Award). She currently plays Michonne on AMC's "The Walking Dead" (NAACP Image Award nomination) and recently wrapped production on the Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez on Me."

Gurira was born in the U.S. to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe. She serves as an ambassador for Bono's ONE campaign and is the founder of, an awareness-building campaign focused on the plights of women and girls around the globe. She is also the co-founder of Almasi Arts, which works to give access and opportunity to African dramatic artists.

Gurira holds an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.


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