Tarell Alvin McCraney to discuss film 'Moonlight' on campus

Charlene Haparimwi
April 06, 2017

Playwright and Theatre School alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney will return to campus April 21 for an event with the DePaul Center for Identity, Inclusion, and Social Change. McCraney will participate in a Q&A following a screening of his Oscar-winning film "Moonlight." The event is free and open to current DePaul students, faculty and staff. Participants must present a DePaul ID and ticket for entrance. 

Shortly after graduating from DePaul University's acting program, McCraney wrote the play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue," which is the basis for this year's Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards, "Moonlight." McCraney and the film's director and screenwriter, Barry Jenkins, also won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. "Moonlight" has also received a Golden Globe for Best Drama, an NAACP Image Award for Best Independent Film and six Independent Spirit Awards.

McCraney is the recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award and the Doris Duke Artist Award. He was the International Writer-in-Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2008-2010, and a former resident playwright at New Dramatists. McCraney is also an ensemble member at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He was recently named the new Chairman of the Playwriting Department at the Yale School of Drama, as well as Playwright in Residence at Yale Repertory Theater.

An Evening with Tarell Alvin McCraney
Friday, April 21
Movie screening - 6:30 p.m.
Q&A - 8:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Student Center, room 120 A/B
Ticket reservation required

Co-sponsors of the event include LGBTQ Studies, Office of Student Involvement and the Division of Student Affairs.