Tarell Alvin McCraney
Alumni Playwright2008 -- 2015
Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for his acclaimed trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. They have been performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, The Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, at a trio of theaters in the Bay Area: Marin Theatre Company, ACT, and Magic Theatre, as well as the Young Vic in London (Olivier Award nomination) and around the world. Other plays include The Breach (Southern Rep, Seattle Rep), Wig Out! (Sundance Theatre Institute, Royal Court, and Vineyard Theatre - GLAAD Award for Outstanding Play), and American Trade (Royal Shakespeare Company/Hampstead Theatre). Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he is an ensemble member, will produce the world premiere of his commissioned play, Head of Passes in the spring of 2013.
Tarell was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s International Playwright in Residence in 2009-2011, where he co-edited and directed the Young People's Shakespeare production of Hamlet which toured throughout the UK and was presented at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. He is the recipient of the prestigious Whiting Award and Steinberg Playwright Award, as well as London's Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, the inaugural New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, and the inaugural Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.
He is a graduate from the New World School of the Arts High School, the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, and the Yale School of Drama. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami.
A radical new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ANTONY & CLEOPATRA in collaboration with Miami's GableStage, New York’s Public Theater and London’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s working class characters inhabit an extraordinary mythic universe, speaking a poetic language through which we grasp the spiritual stature of embattled people. - See more at: http://windhamcampbell.org/prize-winner/tarell-alvin-mccrane...
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new play features the spiritual “Motherless Child,” sung by the cast members Kyle Beltran, Wallace Smith, Jeremy Pope, Nicholas L. Ashe and Grantham Coleman
a look at video from Steppenwolf's world-premiere production of HEAD OF PASSES, written by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by ensemble member Tina Landau.
Head of Passes features ensemble members Alana Arenas and Tim Hopper, with James T. Alfred, Kyle Beltran (Apr 4 - May 20), Chris Boykin, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Jon Michael Hill (May 21 - June 9), Ron Cephas Jones and Jacqueline Williams.