Michonne is leading Alexandria side-by-side with Rick. While Rick is taking on the practical and physical challenges necessary to make Carl’s vision of the future a reality, Michonne focuses on the philosophical ideals by which all the communities may govern and prosper independently and as a whole. Both are important, and both present fundamental challenges that catch them unprepared. When things take an unexpected turn, the tightrope she walks to ensure a lawful and safe future becomes even more precarious.
Danai Gurira is an award-winning playwright and actress. As a playwright, her works include In the Continuum (OBIE Award, Outer Critics Award, Helen Hayes Award), Eclipsed (Tony Award Nomination: Best Play; NAACP Award; Helen Hayes Award: Best New Play; Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Production of a Play), and The Convert (six Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Outer Critics Award). Her newest play, Familiar, received its world premiere at Yale Rep in 2015, and premiered in New York at Playwrights Horizons in February of 2016. She is a recipient of the Sam Norkin Award at the 2016 Drama Desk Awards, a Whiting Award, a Hodder Fellow. Gurira has been commissioned by Yale Rep, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, and the Royal Court.
As an actor, in addition to her role as Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead (NAACP Image Award nomination), Gurira was most recently seen in Marvel’s blockbuster phenomenon Black Panther as General Okoye and reprised the role in another blockbuster sensation, Avengers: Infinity War. Other select acting credits include the films All Eyez on Me (NAACP Image Award nomination), The Visitor, Mother of George, and the NYS&F’s Measure for Measure (Equity Callaway Award.) Gurira is currently adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book Americanah into a miniseries.
Born in the US to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe, she holds an M.F.A. from Tisch, NYU, and serves as an ambassador for Bono’s ONE campaign. She is also the founder of LOGpledge.org, an awareness-building campaign focused on the plights of women and girls around the globe; and the co-founder of Almasi Arts, which works to give access and opportunity to the African Dramatic Artist.