Zainab Jah

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Zainab Jah BIO

Recent credits include: title role of Hamlet (The Wilma Theater), Antony & Cleopatra, Romeo N Juliet, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Atlantic Theater, NYC), Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prudence in The Convert, Josephine in Ruined, A Doll’s House (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Eclipsed, Helen of Troy in Trojan Women (Classical Theatre of Harlem), In Darfur (The Public Theater/NYSF), Peter Sellars’ Children Of Herakles (European Tour). Film / TV credits: “Law & Order SVU,” “Outliving Emily” (with Andre Braugher and Phylicia Rashad), Along Came Love. Awards: Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award, Best Featured Actress (The Convert), San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Circle, Outstanding Performance, Female Featured Role (Ruined) and Best Featured Actress, Philadelphia Critics Awards (The Convert).

Zainab Jah Photos


Signature Theatre Off-Broadway Revival, 2019

MCC World Premiere Production, 2017
Eloise Amponsah

Signature Theatre Revival, 2017

Original Broadway Production, 2016

Public Theatre Original Off-Broadway Production, 2015

Atlantic Theater Company Production, 2014




Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 2006

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2006



Zainab Jah Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Ensemble Award

Zainab JahSchool Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

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Photos/Video: Inside the Staged Reading of AGAINST HIS WILL at City Center Stage II

Actor and Producer Malik Yoba and Playwright David Heron are celebrating another successful staged reading production of Heron’s award winning courtroom drama Against His Will, presented at City Center Stage II on Monday, November 13. Check out photos and video clips from the event here!

Video: Watch Cynthia Erivo in the Trailer For Anthony Chen's Powerful Drama DRIFT

Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner Cynthia Erivo stars in the trailer for Drift, Anthony Chen's powerful new drama. The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Ibrahima Ba, Honor Swinton Byrne, Zainab Jah, Suzy Bemba, and Vincent Vermignon. Erivo has also written and performed an original song for the film, 'It Would Be,' which can be heard in the video now!

Photos: Taraji P. Henson, Noah Centineo & More Arrive on the Red Carpet for JAJA's AFRICAN HAIR BRAIDING

Check out photos from the opening night red carpet of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, written by Jocelyn Bioh.

Photos: JAJA's AFRICAN HAIR BRAIDING Cast Celebrates Opening Night

It's been a big week at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, where MTC just celebrated opening night of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding. Check out photos from the after party here!

MEDEA: RE-VERSED World Premiere, THE COUNTRY WIFE & More Set for Red Bull Theater 2023-24 Season

RED BULL THEATER has unveiled its 2023-’24 season, including a world premiere opening Off-Broadway and much more. See full programing and learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: Go Inside PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR's Return Engagement at The Public Theater

See photos from the return engagement of Suzan-Lori Parks' PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR at The Public Theater.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of A BRIGHT NEW BOISE at Signature Theatre

Check out photos from opening night of A Bright New Boise at Signature Theatre!

Malik Yoba and David Heron Celebrate AGAINST HIS WILL Staged Reading at the Apollo

Actor-Producer Malik Yoba and Playwright David Heron are celebrating the success of their recent staged reading production of Heron's award winning courtroom drama Against His Will, held at the world famous Apollo Soundstage in New York on Monday, November 7.

Exclusive: Watch Kelli O'Hara in THE ACCIDENTAL WOLF Season Three Clip

The third and final season of Arian Moayed’s Emmy Award nominated series THE ACCIDENTAL WOLF, starring Tony Award Winning Kelli O’Hara, will launch this week on Topic. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive clip of Kelli O'Hara in the new season, which will also feature Judith Light, Joe Mantello, and more. Watch the new video clip now!

Photos: Inside Opening Night of RICHARD III in the Park

The Public Theater just celebrated opening night of Free Shakespeare in the Park production of RICHARD III at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park. BroadwayWorld was there for the big day and we have photos from the red carpet arrivals!

Photos: MJ Celebrates 10 Tony Nominations at Tavern on The Green

MJ the Musical celebrated its 10 Tony Award nominations last night with a party at Tavern on the Green! BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos here.

Cynthia Nixon, Kelli O'Hara & More to Take Part in WALL TO WALL SELECTED SHORTS

Symphony Space will present Wall to Wall Selected Shorts, a monumental celebration of short fiction, March 26 in Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharp theater in New York City (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo & More Among Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) have announced finalists for the 2022 Audie Awards. Finalists include Cynthia Erivo for Best Female Narrator and Lin-Manuel Miranda for Best Male Narrator. Leslie Odom Jr., Annie Golden, Telly Leung, and Jason Tam are also featured on audiobooks that made the list. Check out the full list of nominations now!

VIDEO: Check Out the Trailer for LAUNCH AT PARADISE

The trailer for Launch at Paradise, a new science-fiction thriller short film by Carrie Ann Quinn(“Defending Jacob”), has been released. 

VIDEO: Kelli O'Hara, Ashley Park & More in THE ACCIDENTAL WOLF Season Two Trailer

Topic has released the trailer for season two of The Accidental Wolf starring Tony-winner Kelli O'Hara, Ashley Park, Judith Light, Laurie Metcalf, Denis O'Hare, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and more. In The Accidental Wolf Season 2, six months has passed since Katie (O’Hara) answered a phone call that upended her life. Watch the new trailer now!

Photos: NOLLYWOOD DREAMS Celebrates Opening Night

Nollywood Dreams, the first production of MCC's 2021-22 season, began previews at the Newman Mills Theater on October 21, 2021. Directed by Saheem Ali (Fires in The Mirror), Nollywood Dreams opened on November 11, 2021 and will play a limited run through November 28, 2021.

BWW Interview: Daniel Mitura and More Talk New Sci-Fi Short Film LAUNCH AT PARADISE

During the pandemic, Daniel Mitura wrote and took part in the filming of his latest short film, LAUNCH AT PARADISE. The new science-fiction short explores the costs of creating a unified perspective for all humankind that has the potential to end racism, violence, and insurrection. We sat down with Mitura, his cast, and a producer for an inside look at the soon-to-be-released film.

LAUNCH AT PARADISE Short Film Wraps Production

The sci-fi thriller short film is directed by Carrie Ann Quinn, the film stars Catherine Curtain, Zainab Jah, James Harkness, Lauren Schaffel, Patrick Shane, and Daniel Mitura.

Theater Stories: ECLIPSED, SLAVE PLAY, HANGMEN and More About the John Golden Theatre

Today's Theater Stories features the John Golden Theatre! Learn about the shows to have graced the stage of the theatre including, The Normal Heart, A Doll's House, Part 2, Eclipsed, Slave Play, and many more!

IFC Films Will Distribute FAREWELL AMOR

Variety reports that acclaimed Sundance film 'Farewell Amor' will be distributed in North America by IFC Films.


Zainab Jah has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Zainab Jah has not appeared in the West End

Zainab Jah has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in "Boesman and Lena". She also received a nomination for the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for the same play. In addition, Jah was part of the ensemble that received an Ensemble Award at the Drama Desk Awards for "School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play". Lastly, she was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her role in "Eclipsed".

Zainab Jah has won the Ensemble Award at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in "School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play".

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