Abigail C. Onwunali

2022 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University
John Gore Theater Honor


Abigail C. Onwunali is a multi-faceted Nigerian-American theater maker currently in her fourth year at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale. Her acting credits include Charly Evon Simpson’s It’s not a Trip It’s a Journey at the Chautauqua Theater Conservatory; Valor at the Guthrie; Swimmers, Love I Awethu Further, and Love Labors Lost at the School of Drama; Is God Is at the Yale Cabaret. She is a graduated acting fellow of Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Mentorship Program, and served as Co-Artistic Director of the 2021-22 Yale Cabaret where, in addition to performing, she has directed projects and a number of plays she has written have been produced. Her play, Jewel, was one of the 2021 Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival winners, and her slam poems have been viewed worldwide.

Photos courtesy of Yale Repertory Theatre and David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University