Biography of Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts is an American playwright, screenwriter and actor. As a playwright, he won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County, and in 2013, he won a Tony Award for his acting in the Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He has also acted onscreen and written many scripts for television and film.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Letts was the child of an author, Billie Letts, and the actor Dennis Letts. As a young adult, he lived in Dallas for a few years, before moving to Chicago, where he began working with Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Eventually he founded his own theater company, Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre. He acted in many plays at Steppenwolf, including a production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. His first play as a writer to bring him attention was Killer Joe. His other plays include Bug, Man from Nebraska, August: Osage County, Superior Donuts, Mary Page Marlowe, Linda Vista, and The Minutes.

As a screenwriter, Letts has adapted Bug, Killer Joe, and August: Osage County for the screen. As an actor, he has appeared on television in Homeland, Divorce, and The Sinner. His acting credits in film include The Big Short, Wiener-Dog, Christine, Indignation, The Post, and Lady Bird. On Broadway, he has appeared in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Realistic Joneses, and All My Sons.


Study Guides on Works by Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts' black comedy August: Osage County was written in 2007 and premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago before transferring to Broadway and running for 648 performances. In 2008 it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was widely...