Career highlight: Being awarded the Best Actress on TV during last yearâs Kalasha Awards. However, I am expecting more.
Apart from acting: I am getting into production with the aim of making documentaries, create shows and advert concepts and direct music videos. I am also working with Danson Kiundi on a musical project called The Mad Manâs Opera.
Does acting pay?
Like any other profession, it pays.
Awards won: I won the Best Emerging Actress Award during Mbalamwezi Awards in 2000. I have also won awards for In My Genes, a film I directed and produced. At the moment Iâm at Yale University on a Jerome L Greene Scholarship at the Yale School of Drama.
Stand out factor: I personally strive to be an honest actor, truthfully believing and portraying the imaginary circumstances of the character I am playing â I think people respond well to honesty on screen and on the stage. I donât judge my characterâs actions.
Roles played: On Screen:
Ayira in Shuga, F in East River and In The Roadside directed by Willie Owusu. This was a fun process that involved coming up with the dialogue and action on the spot, which is always an exciting challenge.
On Stage 2011 - 2012:
Katherine in The Taming of The Screen, Henry VI in Henry VI, Mephisto in Dr Faustus Lights, The Lights, Sarah in A Thought In Three Parts and Fatty in The Really Big Fat Show.
Role model: I am inspired by different people for different reasons at different times: I love the acting work of Taraji P Henson, Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba. These are some versatile actors. Danai Gurira is a talented actor and playwright from Zimbabwe who is writing beautiful contemporary African plays.