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Together with the Public Theater, we presented the Artists' Exchange, March 8, 2014 with MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney and Baltimore Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah. The two discussed McCraney's creative process in directing Antony and Cleopatra, Kwei-Armah's experience as a British artist working in the US and the state of transatlantic collaboration as a whole.

HowlRound live-streamed the event to allow people to watch live and participate in the dialogue by sending their comments and questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #artistexchange.

Tarell A. McCraney

TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY is currently directing Antony and Cleopatra at The Public, an international collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Miami’s GableStage, which he also edited. His play The Brothers Size first premiered at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival in 2006 and was followed by a Public Lab production in 2007. His complete trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays (comprised of: In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet), was produced at The Public in 2009. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was the RSC/CAPITAL CENTRE Warwick International Playwright in Residence in 2009-2011 and is now an artistic associate. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Tarell is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company and in residence at New Dramatist Center in New York.  For the RSC he co-edited/directed the Young People's Shakespeare production of Hamlet, and wrote a new full-length play for the RSC’s acting ensemble, American Trade. His other plays include Choir Boy, Wig Out, and Head of Passes, which received its world premiere in 2013 in Chicago. McCraney was the recipient of London's Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2008, the inaugural New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award in 2009 and the 2009 Steinberg Award. 

Kwame Kwei-Armah

KWAME KWEI-ARMAH recently directed The Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit production of Much Ado About Nothing, and the Public Lab production of Detroit '67. He is the Artistic Director of Baltimore Centerstage and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London. He has served as Writer in Residence for the Old Vic and BBC Radio. Amongst his many plays, Elmina's Kitchen, Fix Up, and Statement of Regret premiered at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, with Elmina's Kitchen transferring to London's West End, making him the first Black British playwright to have that honor.  Kwame was awarded an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II on her Jubilee Honours List for Services to Drama. His other awards include the the Olivier Award, BAFTA nominations, Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award, Screen Nation Award, 100 Black Men of Britain Public Figure Award, GPA Man of the Year, and the RECON Local Community Leadership Award. He also served as a Good Will Ambassador for Trade for Christian Aid (2003-2008). He is currently on the board of TCG and serves on the Steinberg Playwright Award Advisory Committee. Plays he has directed at Centerstage include Things of Dry Hours, The Whipping Man, Enemy of the People, and The Mountaintop. At the Tricycle Theatre, he has directed Let There be Love and Seize the Day. He also directed the opening ceremony of the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Dakar, Senegal. 


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