Tarell Alvin McCraney

Resident Playwright

2008 -- 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.

ND Activity
  • Creativity Fund

    Creativity Fund

    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions is a marathon evening of instant theatre, New Dramatists style. First, the opportunity to commission new plays by New Dramatists resident and alumni playwrights is auctioned to the highest bidder; second, the writer and their winning bidder meet for a lightning-fast commission; third, each writer has about 20 minutes to create a new short theatre piece, monologue, or song; fourth, the plays are rehearsed upstairs while the audience has dinner downstairs; and last, all the evening's commissioned pieces are presented by a first-rate company of actors and directors.

Playwright Buzz

December 1, 2013

Antony and Cleopatra Clip

Act V Scene 2- Joaquina Kalukango & Henry Stram

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.

December 1, 2013

Out100 2013

Profiles in Out

December 1, 2013

Windham-Campbell Award 2013

Citation for Drama

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...

December 1, 2013

Choir Boy By Tarell Alvin McCraney

Choir Boy 'Motherless Child'

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

December 1, 2013

Head of Passes new play By Tarell Alvin McCraney April 2013

Head of Passes Montage

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.

Contact Info

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LITERARY AND TALENT AGENCY
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