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
Award); "Eclipsed" (Tony Award nomination: Best Play; NAACP Award; Helen Hayes
Award: Best New Play; Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Production
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
premiered in New York at Playwrights Horizons in February of 2016. She is a
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
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
Eyez on Me."
Gurira was born in the U.S. to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe. She
as an ambassador for Bono's ONE campaign and is the founder of LOGpledge.org, 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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