Tarell Alvin McCraney (born October 17, 1980) is an American playwright and actor. Since July 1, 2017, McCraney has been the chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. He is also a member of Teo Castellanos/D Projects Theater Company in Miami and in 2008 became RSC/Warwick International Playwright in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In April 2010, McCraney became the 43rd member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble.
He co-wrote the 2016 film Moonlight, based on his own play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Life and career
A reading at Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, Washington
, co-presented with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, in association with Seattle Rep's staging of The Breach
, a play based on Hurricane Katrina
and its aftermath. At right, New Orleans Times-Picayune
columnist Chris Rose
, author of 1 Dead in Attic
. To his right are Tarell Alvin McCraney, Catherine Filloux
, and Joe Sutton
, co-authors of The Breach
McCraney was born in Liberty City, Florida. He attended the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami, Florida, receiving the exemplary artist award and the Dean's Award in Theater. While attending NWSA, he also applied to and was awarded an honorable mention by the National YoungArts Foundation (1999, Theater). He matriculated into The Theatre School at DePaul University and received his BFA in acting. In May 2007 he graduated from Yale School of Drama's playwriting program, receiving the Cole Porter Playwriting Award upon graduation. He also is an Honorary Warwick University Graduate.
As an actor, he has worked with directors such as Tina Landau of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, Illinois, David Cromer, and B. J. Jones, artistic director of the Northlight Theatre (where McCraney co-starred in the Chicago premiere of Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange), and developed a working relationship with Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne of the Bouffes du Nord, Paris.
McCraney's Brother/Sister trilogy is set in the Louisiana projects and explores Yoruba mythology.
McCraney is an openly gay man.
The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy
- The Brothers Size (simultaneously premiered in New York at The Public Theater, in association with the Foundry Theatre, and in London at the Young Vic, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliated Theatre)
- In The Red And Brown Water (winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, produced at the Alliance Theatre and the Young Vic)
- Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet
- Run, Mourner, Run (adapted from Randall Kenan's short story), both of which premiered at Yale Cabaret. He directed Hamlet for the RSC's Young Shakespeare programme for GableStage in Miami.
In the summer of 2006, McCraney, Catherine Filloux and Joe Sutton wrote The Breach, a play on Katrina, the Gulf, and our nation, commissioned by Southern Rep in New Orleans, where it premiered in August 2007 to mark the second anniversary of the tragedy in New Orleans. The Breach also played at Seattle Rep in the winter of 2007.
Commissions for the Donmar Warehouse and Berkeley Rep. Choir Boy will receive its American premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Awards and honors
- ^ "Moonlight's Tarell Alvin McCraney: 'I never had a coming out moment'". The Guardian. October 21, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
- ^ Allen, Dan. "Tarell Alvin McCraney: The Man Who Lived 'Moonlight'". NBC Out. NBC. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
- ^ https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/nov/15/antony-and-cleopatra-tarell-alvin-mccraney-rsc-review Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- ^ "About Tarell Alvin McCraney". The Brother/Sister Plays. Archived from the original on February 13, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- ^ Baker, Dorie (March 4, 2013). "Yale awards $1.35 million to nine writers". YaleNews. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- ^ Dolen, Christine, "Miami playwright McCraney wins $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship", Miami Herald, September 25, 2013. Retrieved 2016-11-04.