She was nominated for a 2007 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for “In the Continuum”, at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
When Gurira’s play “Eclipsed” was produced at the Yale Repertory Theater in 2009, the lead role of “the Girl” was performed by actress Adepero Oduye and understudied by then-Yale Drama School student Lupita Nyong’o. A few years later, Oduye and Nyong’o both acted in the film 12 Years a Slave, and Nyong’o won an Oscar for that performance. When the same play was produced at New York’s Public Theater six years later, Nyong’o this time played the lead role.
She was awarded the 2013 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Playwright for “The Convert” co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
She was awarded the 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Writing for “The Convert,” in a co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
She has two older sisters, Shingai and Choni, and an older brother, Tare.
She was born in Iowa but lived in her parents’ native Zimbabwe from age 5 until age 18, when she returned to the U.S. to attend college.
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