Steven McCraney – Developer of 85 Logistics Park
McCraney Property Company didn’t intend to sell 85 Logistics Park, the 200,000-square-foot industrial warehouse it constructed last year, but when an unexpected buyer made an attractive offer they accepted.
He is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant and serves as professor of playwriting at Yale School of Drama. In Chicago he performs in Steppenwolf Theatre’s ensemble. His plays include Choir Boy, Wig Out! and Head of Passes.
Early Life and Education
McCraney spent much of his formative years living in Miami’s Liberty Square public housing projects and struggled to define his sexual identity. Improv theater became his salvation, connecting him to Teo Castellanos of D-Projects theater company which explores social issues through intercultural performance work.
McCraney is well-known for his plays such as Ms Blakk for President, Head of Passes and Wig Out!. For these works he received many honors, such as a MacArthur “Genius Grant”, Whiting Award and Steinberg Playwright Award.
Believing in Helen Keller’s quote that says life should either be an amazing adventure or nothing at all, he lives by this credo and enjoys alpine climbing some of the world’s tallest mountains as well as actively serving in the National Guard.
Steven McCraney is president and CEO of McCraney Property Company in Miami and has developed over 18 million square feet of industrial/distribution and office-flex properties throughout Southeast. An accomplished self-made entrepreneur who served four years in the US Army before returning home as president and CEO to Miami where he remains involved in both its business and civic communities.
He and his wife are actively involved with local philanthropies such as Mission United Miami-Dade, American Cancer Society and Vizcaya Museums and Gardens. Furthermore, he’s an enthusiastic outdoorsman and mountain climber; having scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Russia and Aconcagua in South America.
LMU’s School of Film and Television will host an SFTV in Conversation with Academy Award-winning screenwriter/executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight). McCraney will speak about his work and forthcoming projects.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Craney is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose 2016 Oscar-nominated screenplay, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue was used as the basis for Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning movie of the same name which won Best Adapted Screenplay. Additionally, Craney wrote and directed Netflix film High Flying Bird starring Andre Holland under Steven Soderbergh’s direction; also writing High Flying Bird himself with Andre Holland playing Andre and Marcus or Marcus as Head of Passes/Choir Boy! His plays include Ms Blakk for President; The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy comprising In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue; plus High Flying Bird directed by Steven Soderbergh’s Steven Soderbergh’s direction which won Oscar Best Adapted Screenplay award.
McCraney and Glenn Davis have also established the production company Chatham Grove to create content that advances underrepresented voices and artists from diverse communities. They named it after both their hometowns/neighborhoods.
McCraney currently resides in Miami and is married to a fashion designer, fathering two children and an avid climber who has summited Mount Kilimanjaro as well as snowy mountains throughout Africa and Russia.
Barry Jenkins’ semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue was adapted into the 2016 film Moonlight, winning Academy Awards for both Best Adapted Screenplay and Director. It proved an enormously successful venture for both writers and directors involved.
He is a member of Steppenwolf Theater ensemble and has written seven shows including Ms Blakk for President, Head of Passes, Choir Boy and Wig Out!, which all explore Yoruba mythology within an American housing project; In the Red and Brown Water; or The Brothers Size and Marcus or the Secret Sweet (among them three of his works).
He currently boasts an estimated net worth of approximately $8 Million dollars, made possible through acting and writing jobs he performs successfully. With such success and bright prospects for growth in this field, his future looks bright.
He wrote the script for Moonlight, which won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Choir Boy playwright play and was part of Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble ensemble and has won multiple awards and accolades for his work.
McCraney Property Company specializes in Florida’s major markets for industrial properties with high finishes and fulfillment and distribution centers for online sales and fulfillment, such as fulfillment centers for Amazon or eBay fulfillment and distribution centers. Established in 1989 and with headquarters located in West Palm Beach Florida. Partners of Clarion Funding as well as investors include McCraney Property Company as investors.