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. 

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 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. 

McCraney 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

WHITING AWARD

Awarded 2007