Danai Gurira has been awarded a commission through The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for a new play to be produced by Playwrights Horizons.
Danai Gurira has been awarded a commission through The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for a new play to be produced by Playwrights Horizons.
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Actor/playwrights Heidi Schreck and Danai Gurira have been awarded special grants from two foundations via off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.

The Tow Foundation has provided a one-year Playwright Residency for Schrek, providing her with a salary and benefits in order to help her focus on developing a new play. Schreck is an alumna of Playwrights Horizons, having been seen in Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation in 2009.

Gurira has been granted a commission through The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. An Obie winner for coauthoring the play In the Continuum, Gurira is also the author of The Convert and an actress who has been seen in Measure for Measure, Joe Turner's Come and Gone and TV's The Walking Dead.

"Residencies and commissions are two important ways to assist individual playwrights struggling to make a living in the harsh economic landscape that makes the lives of so many playwrights so challenging," said Artistic Director Tim Sanford. "We are thrilled to participate in these two new initiatives, both because they are so generous and because we are so keenly excited by the work and the potential of these two thrilling writers, Heidi Schreck and Danai Gurira. We express our deepest thanks to both the Tow Foundation and Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for initiating these visionary, much needed programs."

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