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, a Hodder Fellow, and has been commissioned by Yale Rep, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, and the Royal Court.


She recently completed production on the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me and 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).  


Gurira is an Ambassador for the ONE Campaign and founder of LOGpledge.org; an awareness building campaign focused on the plights of women and girls around the globe. She is the co-founder of Almasi Arts, which works to give access and opportunity to the African Dramatic Artist (almasiartsalliance.org). 


Born in the US to Zimbabwean parents, Gurira was raised in Zimbabwe and holds an MFA from Tisch, NYU.