Danai Gurira


Danai Gurira is an award-winning playwright and actress. As a playwright, her works include Broadway’s Eclipsed (Six Tony Award nominations; NAACP Award; Helen Hayes Award: Best New Play; Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Production of a Play), In the Continuum (OBIE Award, Outer Critics Award, Helen Hayes Award), and The Convert (six Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Outer Critics Award). Danai’s newest play Familiar received its world premiere at Yale Rep in 2015 and recently premiered in New York at Playwrights Horizons. She is a recipient of the Whiting Award and 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. Select acting credits include The Visitor, Mother of George, and Isabella in NYSF’s Measure for Measure (Equity Callaway Award). Danai currently stars as Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead (NAACP Image Award nomination) and recently completed production on the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me. Gurira was born in the US to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe, and holds an MFA from Tisch, NYU. Danai is an Ambassador for the ONE Campaign and 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 the African Dramatic Artist (