Danai is a Christian by faith.
Danai is also a playwrite. She has written Eclipsed that was performed Off-Broadway. In addition, she has taught playwriting in Liberia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Danai is represented by Suskin Management and Paradigm Agency.
Danai's Theater Credits:
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
In The Continuum
Danai graduated fromMacalester College with a B.A. in Social Psychology (cum laude with honors)
Danai can speak English, basic French, Shona and basic Xhosa
Awards and Honors:
1997 Zimbabwe Arts Festival- Best Actress in a Lead Role
2004 Laura Pels Award
2006 OBIE Award
2006 John Gassner Outer Critics Award
2008 Method Fest- Best Supporting Actor
Danai was given a Hodder Fellowship from theLewis Center for the Arts, Princeton for her creative writing ability.
Danai: (on Zimbabwe) Zimbabweans are so smart and witty and able to weave together tons of situations and experiences into terminologies that are just utterly original. We had a higher literacy rate than the U.S. until 1995. So we're kind of a nerdy country, actually.
Danai: (on President Obama) It floored me how he has such an understanding of the African post-colonial experience. I was like, Oh my gosh, this is my president! I always used to say hybrids would rule the world, people who have an understanding of many cultures and can relate to them with ease. And then along came Obama.
Danai: (on her African and American sides) I think that really has defined my artistic voice. I suspect I am very specifically bicultural. The fact that I can not separate who I am as an African and who I am as an American, has melded me into who I am as a human being and consequently as an artist. I think I have been very effected not only by the absence of African female voices in the dramatic canon of work but also by the fact that I feel like the West doesn't really get much experience of African voices.
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