Choir Boy Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney Named 2013 MacArthur Fellow
By Carey Purcell
Tarell Alvin McCraney, a playwright whose work includes The Brother/Sister Plays and Choir Boy, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow.
McCraney is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His writing credits also include Wig Out!, American Trade, Head of Passes and a 90-minute adaptation of Hamlet that is performed for elementary and secondary school students.
The fellowship, which comes with a stipend of $625,000 paid in quarterly installments over five years, awards unrestricted fellowships to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits as well as a capacity for self-direction.
There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.
Recipients also include dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham, author Donald Antrim, pianist Jeremy Denk, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.
A complete lists of Fellows and more information can be found by visiting macfound.org.
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