Ms. Blakk for President at Steppenwolf Theatre

Ms. Blakk for President, Steppenwolf Theatre, closes 6/14/2019. TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY (BFA, Acting, ’03) is the co-playwright and stars. CHRIS FREEBURG (BFA, Production Management, ’96/Faculty) is the production stage manager. HEATHER GILBERT (MFA, Lighting Design, ’97) is the lighting designer.

Source: Steppenwolf Has Its MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT Cast and Designers | PerformInk

Choir Boy on Broadway

Choir Boy, Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, closes 2/24/2019. TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY (BFA, Acting, ’03) is the playwright. NARDA ALCORN (BFA, Production Management, ’92) is the production stage manager.

Official Website. Choir Boy is Manhattan Theatre Club’s deeply moving new play by the Academy Award® winning screenwriter of Moonlight. Drama Desk Award nominee Trip Cullman directs.

Source: Choir Boy | Official Website

Tarell Alvin McCraney receives United States Artists Fellowship

TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY (BFA, Acting, ’03) was named one of the United States Artists 2018 Fellows Theater & Performance. The fellowships “are $50,000 unrestricted awards recognizing artists for their contributions to the field, and allowing them to decide how to best support their lives.”  Congratulations Tarell!

Source: United States Artists » Tarell Alvin McCraney

Tarell Alvin McCraney #15 on The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans 2017

TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY (BFA, Acting, ’03) is #15 on The Root 2017 list of 100 Most Influential African Americans age 25-45. The list honors “the innovators, the leaders, the public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.”

The Root’s annual list of the most influential African Americans in the fields of arts, community, business, entertainment, media, politics, science and sports.

Source: The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans 2017 |

Head of Passes by Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum

Head of Passes, Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY (BFA, Acting, ’03) is the playwright. ALANA ARENAS (BFA, Acting, ’03) and JACQUELINE WILLIAMS (BFA, Acting, ’87) are in the cast.

An astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance, and the power of faith from playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, featuring Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad.

Source: Head of Passes | Center Theatre Group

Ike Holter wins Windham-Campbell Prize

IKE HOLTER (BFA, Playwriting, ’07) is one of eight recipients of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prizes.  The award, presented by Yale University, recognized literary achievement or promise. Recipients receive a $165,000 individual prize to support their writing. Congrats, Ike!

Theatre School alum TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY (BFA, Acting, ’03) received the prize in 2013.


Source: YaleNews | Yale awards eight writers $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prizes

Tarell Alvin McCraney interviewed on NPR’s Here & Now

Oscar nominated Moonlight writer, TARELL McCRANEY (BFA, Acting, ’03), is interviewed on Here & Now about how his childhood still shapes his writing and his life.

McCraney’s play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” became the basis for the film “Moonlight,” which is up for eight Academy Awards.

Source: ‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney Still Struggles With Childhood Vulnerabilities | Here & Now