Danai Gurira as Michonne
Danai Gurira was born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe. She earned an MFA in theater from NYU after moving back to the U.S. Her initial success was as the co-lead of In the Continuum, a play she co-created and co-wrote while in the acting program at NYU. Gurira performed the play Off-Broadway, in numerous theaters around the U.S. and in Africa. She received numerous accolades, including an Obie, the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award, the Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations) and the Theater Hall of Fame honors. Gurira also received the Helen Hayes Award (Woolly Mammoth).
Gurira won Best Playwright at the NAACP Theater Awards and Best New Play at the Helen Hayes Awards for her second play, Eclipsed. On Broadway, Gurira starred in Bartlett Sher's award-winning revival of Joe Turner's Come and Gone. She also earned the Actor's Equity Callaway Award for her performance as Isabella in the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park production of Measure for Measure.
In film, Gurira recently appeared in the independent drama Mother of George, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also starred in the multiple-award winning film The Visitor opposite Richard Jenkins, as well as 3 Backyards and Restless City. Her television credits include roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Lie to Me, as well as a recurring role on the HBO David Simon series Treme.
An award-winning playwright, her most recent play The Convert (Stavis Award) ran at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., in early 2013.
Gurira is also a Hodder Fellow at Princeton, a commissioned playwright with Yale Rep, and a co-founder of Almasi (Al-ma-see), a Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts Collaborative Organization.