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Danai Gurira

2011 Hodder Fellow

Danai Gurira co-created and performed in the award-winning two-woman play In the Continuum, which premiered off-Broadway and toured the U.S. and Southern Africa .  For her work on that production, Danai won a 2006 Obie Award, the 2006 Outer Critics John Gassner Award, and the 2004 Global Tolerance' Award (Friends of the United Nations), in addition to being honored by the Theatre Hall of Fame.  In 2007, she received a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress in In the Continuum at Woolly Mammoth.  Danai was most recently seen in the acclaimed film The Visitor (with Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins) and on Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Her new play Eclipsed about Liberian women in war was recently produced at Woolly Mammoth, CTG's Kirk Douglass and Yale Repetory Theater.  She is the recipient of '08 TCG New Generations travel grant for Eclipsed and has taught playwriting and acting in Liberia , Zimbabwe , and South Africa .  She is currently developing a play about the current situation in Zimbabwe with the Royal Court in London and completing another Zimbabwean piece entitled The Convert.  She received her MFA in acting from NYU.  Danai was born in the U.S. to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe.

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