'The Walking Dead' actress, award-winning playwright and Tony-nominee Tisch alumna Danai Gurira (’04) and 'Moonlight' actor André Holland (’06) will be recognized at the 2017 Tisch Gala, to be held Monday, April 3.

Photo: Danai Gurira and André Holland
Danai Gurira and André Holland are this year's Tisch Gala honorees

The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University today announced it will honor The Walking Dead actress, award-winning playwright and Tony-nominee, and Tisch alumna Danai Gurira (’04) and The Knick and Moonlight actor André Holland (’06) at its 2017 gala. The annual event, this year themed Aspire and Inspire, will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Cipriani 42 Street in Manhattan.

"This year at the Tisch Gala, we honor two extraordinary and inspiring alumni – Danai Gurira and André Holland – both from our Graduate Acting Program,” said Allyson Green, Dean, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. “Danai and André are brilliant storytellers and represent all that is possible with the education we offer. They work across disciplines, and they are fearless in telling stories that are often overlooked or unheard.”

In addition to her television and film work, Gurira has been recognized for her work as a playwright, which has earned her several prestigious theater awards including two Helen Hayes awards, a Drama Desk Award and an NAACP Award. Her body of work includes the plays In the Continuum (2005), the Tony Award-nominated Eclipsed (2009), The Convert (2012) and Familiar (2015). Gurira is the founder of LOGpledge.org, a campaign focused on building awareness of 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 next generation of African Dramatic Artists. She is also a spokesperson for ONE, a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly eight million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Holland can currently be seen in the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight and recently wrapped production on Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. In 2015, he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” for his role as Andrew Young in Paramount Pictures’ Selma. Holland has held notable television roles in several popular series including The Knick, American Horror Story, 1600 Penn, Damages, Burn Notice and NBC's Friends with Benefits. In addition to his television and film work, he has acted in several theatrical productions including his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (2009), August Wilson’s Jitney (2017), Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of The Whipping Man (2011) and the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure (2011).

Graduates of the Tisch School of the Arts include renowned artists such as Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Baker, Tony Kushner, Doug Wright and Chang Lee; Academy Award winners Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Keiko Ibi, Mahershala Ali and Ang Lee; Tony Award winners Nina Arianda, Steve Kazee, George C. Wolfe, Michael Mayer, Idina Menzel, Stephen Spinella, and Frank Wood; Emmy Award winners Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Vince Gilligan, Kristen Johnston, Camryn Manheim and Debra Messing; acclaimed filmmakers Spike Lee, Amy Heckerling, Colin Treverrow; Grammy nominee Elle Varner; entrepreneur Dennis Crowley; MacArthur Fellowship recipients Kyle Abraham, Camille Utterback, and Mimi Lien; visual artist Leo Villareal; and actors Gina Rodriguez, Sterling K. Brown and Corey Stoll.

About the NYU Tisch School of the Arts
For over 50 years, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts has drawn on the vast artistic and cultural resources of New York City and New York University to create an extraordinary training ground for the individual artist and scholar of the arts. Today, students learn their craft in a spirited, risk-taking environment that combines the professional training of a conservatory with the liberal arts education of a premier global university with campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and 11 academic centers around the world. Learn more at www.tisch.nyu.edu.



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