Tarell Alvin McCraney


Tarell Alvin McCraney is an acclaimed writer. His script, IN MOONLIGHT BLACK BOYS LOOK BLUE, is the basis for the Academy Award-winning film MOONLIGHT directed by Barry Jenkins, for which McCraney and Jenkins won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The second season of McCraney’s critically acclaimed drama series DAVID MAKES MAN (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) was executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Michael B. Jordan and can currently be streamed on HBO Max. The first season received a Peabody Award, Critic’s Choice Award, and Gotham Award while also maintaining 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. McCraney also wrote the film HIGH FLYING BIRD, which premiered on Netflix and is 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 and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects.