Tarell Alvin McCraney

WRITER & DIRECTOR

Tarell Alvin McCraney is an acclaimed writer. 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 wrote the film High Flying Bird which premiered on Netflix directed by Steven Soderbergh.  McCraney’s plays include Ms. Blakk For President (co-written with Tina Landau), The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy, Head Of Passes, Wig Out!, and Choir Boy which was nominated for four Tony Awards. 

Tarell 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 USA 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. 

Tarell is the creator of David Makes Man, an original scripted TV series for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, produced by Michael B Jordan and Page Fright Productions.

AWARDS

ACADEMY AWARD

MOONLIGHT – Best Adapted Screenplay (2017)

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD

MOONLIGHT – Best Screenplay (2017)

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARD

MOONLIGHT – Best Original Screenplay (2017)

PEN/LAURA PELS THEATER AWARD

American Playwright in Mid-Career (2017)

GLAAD MEDIA AWARD

MOONLIGHT – Outstanding Film (2017)

GLAAD MEDIA AWARD

WIG OUT! – Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway

New York Times AWARD

THE BROTHER SIZE – Outstanding Playwright (2009) 

WHITING AWARD

Awarded 2007

EVENING STANDARD AWARD

Most Promising Playwright (2008)

macarthur “genius” Fellowship

Awarded 2013

WINDHAM CAMBELL LITERATURE PRIZE

Awarded 2013

STEINHAM PLAYWRIGHT AWARD

Awarded 2009

DORIS DUKE AWARD

Performing Artist Award (2014)

UNITED STATES ARTIST AWARD

Awarded 2018

PEABODY AWARD

DAVID MAKES MAN – Awarded 2020