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Tarell Alvin McCraney

Biography

Tarell Alvin McCraney is an acclaimed playwright & screenwriter. His script In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue is the basis for the Oscar-winning film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, for which McCraney and Jenkins won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.  He also wrote the film High Flying Bird which recently premiered on Netflix directed by Steven Soderbergh.  McCraney’s plays include The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy, Head of PassesWig Out!, and Choir Boy which is currently running on Broadway.

McCraney is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, the Whiting Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, the Evening Standard Award, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Windham Campbell Award, and a Doris Duke Artist Award. He is currently Chair of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama; an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago; and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects. 

McCraney created the original TV series, David Makes Man, for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, produced by Michael B Jordan and Page Fright Productions.

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Credits & Awards

Theatre

Tarell Alvin McCraney's plays include The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet, Head of Passes, Choir Boy and WIG OUT! In the summer of 2006, McCraney, Catherine Filloux and Joe Sutton wrote The Breach, which was commissioned by Southern Rep in New Orleans, premiered in 2007 to mark the two-year anniversary of the tragedy in New Orleans and also played at Seattle Rep in the winter of 2007. Other plays include Without/Sin and Run, Mourner, Run (adapted from Randall Kenan's short story), both of which premiered at Yale Cabaret. 

Awards

He is the recipient of the Whiting Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, the Evening Standard Award, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, the Windham Campbell Award, a 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, a Doris Duke Artist Award and—most recently—an Academy Award for the best writing adapted screenplay for the film Moonlight. The Young Vic production of The Brothers Size was nominated for an Outstanding Achievement by an Affiliate Theater Olivier Award in London, UK. He was 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. His Master's Degree in Fine Art is from the Yale School of Drama in playwriting 2007; he received the Cole Porter Award upon graduating. McCraney was honored with the 2007 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theater and a 2007 Whiting Writing Award.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney

Tarell Alvin McCraney