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Almasi to hold African Playwrights Conference

ALMASI Collaborative Arts, a Zimbabwean-American dramatic arts organisation cofounded by Black Panther and The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira, will hold a virtual edition of the African Playwrights Conference later this month.
Almasi artistic director Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa told the Daily News that interested playwrights should submit full length original plays to her before March 30.

“They should be pieces that have never been published or produced before. In addition, all plays should have a focus on pertinent and compelling issues,” Muchemwa said.

She added that submitted plays will be evaluated by an anonymous panel before being reviewed by another panel. “An announcement of the selected playwrights will be made two weeks after the deadline. Selected plays will be further developed in collaboration with local directors, actors, stage managers and dramaturgs led by an American facilitator,” the Almasi artistic director said.

Gurira co-founded Almasi in line with her vision to contribute to professionalising Zimbabwe’s dramatic arts industry through arts education and collaboration with professional American artists and organisations.

Meanwhile, The Walking Dead star recently signed a two-year deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, she will develop, write and produce for the studio across all platforms. Gurira is currently serving as executive producer on Americanah, a mini-series for HBO Max which she adapted from the bestselling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

ABC president Jonnie Davis is delighted to have struck a deal with Gurira. “From Zimbabwe to Wakanda to Broadway, there is no one like Danai Gurira.

The scope of her talents and the breadth of her abilities are simply astonishing. We are over the moon that she has chosen to make ABC Studios her exclusive home,” said Davis.

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