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She also hears frequently from female fans of “The Walking Dead” who relate to her character on the show.

“A lot of girls approach me and say ‘you make me feel strong,’ ” she said. I get that a lot from girls. Women of all ages actually.”

Now, she says, she has high hopes that theater can inspire people in Zimbabwe and help the nation’s young theater professionals and the overall economy. Colleagues say she’s determined to carry that goal through.

“When she puts her mind to something, she is unstoppable,” said Mara Isaacs, an Almasi Collaborative Arts board member.

Gurira said she also wants to help tell the stories of African women.

That desire, she said, was ignited once again last month when the young girl in the audience in Zimbabwe told Gurira how she liked the girl in her play.

“I think it’s very important to encourage the Zimbabwean female voice to be as bold and as loud as it deserves,” she said.


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