Member Profiles

Tracy Letts

Biography

Tracy Letts has been an ensemble member since 2002 and performed at Steppenwolf in Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? (Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play), Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also in Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie (1988). He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County which premiered at Steppenwolf in 2007, played on Broadway and London’s National Theatre. Other writing credits include Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London.

Watch & Listen

  1. Three Days Of Rain

    Three Days Of Rain

  2. Glengarry Glen Ross

    Glengarry Glen Ross

  3. The Dazzle

    The Dazzle

  4. The Dresser

    The Dresser

  5. The Pain and the Itch

    The Pain and the Itch

  6. The Well-Appointed Room

    The Well-Appointed Room

  7. Betrayal in rehearsal

    Betrayal in rehearsal

  8. Betrayal in Production

    Betrayal in Production

  9. August: Osage County in Rehearsal

    August: Osage County in Rehearsal

  10. Gala 2008

    Gala 2008

  11. Superior Donuts in Rehearsal

    Superior Donuts in Rehearsal

  12. Tracy Letts

    Tracy Letts' Tony Award Acceptance Speech

  13. American Buffalo in Rehearsal

    American Buffalo in Rehearsal

  14. Tracy Letts on His Creative Process

    Tracy Letts on His Creative Process

  15. American Buffalo on the Character of "Donny"

    American Buffalo on the Character of "Donny"

  16. American Buffalo on the Character of "Bobby"

    American Buffalo on the Character of "Bobby"

  17. EXPLORE: The World of American Buffalo

    EXPLORE: The World of American Buffalo

  18. A Select Scene from American Buffalo: Scene 1

    A Select Scene from American Buffalo: Scene 1

  19. A Select Scene from American Buffalo: Scene 2

    A Select Scene from American Buffalo: Scene 2

  20. American Buffalo on the Character of "Teach"

    American Buffalo on the Character of "Teach"

  21. American Buffalo on Working with Amy Morton

    American Buffalo on Working with Amy Morton

  22. Virginia Woolf in Rehearsal

    Virginia Woolf in Rehearsal

  23. Who

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in Production

  24. Who

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Audience Response

  25. Anna D. Shapiro Directs <i>THREE SISTERS</i>

    Anna D. Shapiro Directs THREE SISTERS

  26. Middletown in Rehearsal

    Middletown in Rehearsal

  27. Middletown in Production

    Middletown in Production

  28. Middletown Audience Response

    Middletown Audience Response

  29. In the Middle of Middletown

    In the Middle of Middletown

  30. Penelope in Production

    Penelope in Production

  31. Penelope Teaser

    Penelope Teaser

  32. Penelope Audience Response

    Penelope Audience Response

  33. Playwright Enda Walsh on Penelope

    Playwright Enda Walsh on Penelope

  34. Three Sisters in Rehearsal

    Three Sisters in Rehearsal

  35. Three Sisters in Production

    Three Sisters in Production

  36. <i>THREE SISTERS</i> Audience Response

    THREE SISTERS Audience Response

  37. Mainstage Debuts in <i>THREE SISTERS</i>

    Mainstage Debuts in THREE SISTERS

  38. The Tony Awards 2013 - Edward Albee

    The Tony Awards 2013 - Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Q & A With Tracy Letts

Are you a different actor from your fellow actors because you're also a playwright?
Oh, God, I hope I'm able to put all that aside, because it's really not useful. The last thing you need when you're playing a part is having the writer part of your brain, or the director part of your brain [guiding you]--it's not helpful. I'm hopeful that I can take things that I learn as an actor and then apply them to my craft as a playwright. But I'm certainly not up there consciously making decisions based on things I know or gleaned as a playwright. One thing I knew about acting even before I ever wrote a play is that language has primacy in the theater.

Credits & Awards


Film

Guinevere; Chicago Cab; U.S. Marshals; Straight Talk; Paramedics. Screenplay: Bug

Theatre

Red Orchid Theatre: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Famous Door: Conquest of the South Pole Next Lab: Bouncers Alliance Stage of the Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta): Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Playwright Man From Nebraska; Bug; Killer Joe; August: Osage County; Superior Donuts.

Television

Prison Break; The District (CBS); Profiler (NBC); The Drew Carey Show (ABC); Seinfeld (NBC); Home Improvement (ABC).

Awards

The 2005 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation. The 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for August: Osage County. The 2008 Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County.