In this interview, 2013 MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney describes the power of theater as a medium to explore the complex African American experience. McCraney’s works imbue the lives of ordinary people with epic significance through poetic language, ritualistic movement, and imagery. McCraney is also committed to bringing theatre to elementary and secondary school students in underserved communities. Through his work, McCraney is demonstrating the ability of theatre to evoke a sense of our shared humanity. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.