Tarell Alvin McCraney
McCraney was born and raised in Liberty City, the inner city area of Miami, Florida. He graduated from the New World School of the Arts High School, with the Exemplary Artist Award and the Dean‚Äôs Award in Theater in 1999, matriculated into the Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago graduating with the Sarah Siddons Award and a BFA in Acting 2003. He attended the British American Drama Academy (BADA) Mid-Summer at Oxford, studying Shakespeare with master actors and teachers from the Royal Shakespeare Company and around the UK. His Masters Degree in Fine Art is from the Yale School of Drama in playwriting 2007; he received the Cole Porter Award upon graduating. In 2013 he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant." He is a member of New Dramatists and Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami.
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In the summer of 2006, McCraney, Catherine Filloux and Joe Sutton wrote The Breach, commissioned by Southern Rep in New Orleans, premiered in 2007 to mark the two-year anniversary of the tragedy in New Orleans. Also played at Seattle Rep in the winter of 2007. Other plays include Wig Out! (developed at Sundance Theatre Lab, produced in New York by the Vineyard Theatre and in London by the Royal Court), Without/Sin and Run, Mourner, Run (adapted from Randall Kenan‚Äôs short story), both of which premiered at Yale Cabaret.
McCraney was honored with the 2007 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theater and a 2007 Whiting Writing Award. The Young Vic production of The Brothers Size was nominated for an Outstanding Achievement by an Affiliate Theater Olivier Award in London, UK. He has also been named the International Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company 2008-2010, the Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts 2009, Princeton University and a seven-year-residency at New Dramatist Center in New York, NY. He is a member of Teo Castellanos/D Projects in Miami.