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Northwestern School of Communication

Tracey Scott Wilson

Barbara Berlanti Professor in Writing for the Screen and Stage
I teach writing for the stage, tv, and film.

Area(s) of Expertise

Cinema-Film, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Television
Tracey Scott Wilson

Tracey most recently wrote the teleplay for MGM’s film Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, based on the life of Aretha Franklin. On the TV side, she served as a Co-Executive Producer on the upcoming miniseries The Sterling Affairs at FX. Before that, she was a Co-Executive Producer on FX’s award-winning limited series Fosse/Verdon and The Americans, where she wrote for five seasons and received two WGAE awards, two Peabody awards and a Golden Globe.  Tracey is also a renowned playwright, and her plays include Buzzer (Guthrie Theater, The Public Theater), The Good Negro and The Story (both at The Public Theater and the Goodman Theater). Tracey is the winner of the 2001 Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, the 2003 AT&T Onstage Award, the 2004 Whiting Award, the 2004 Kesserling Prize, the 2007 Weissberger Playwriting Award as well as the 2007 Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship. In 2009, she was the writer-in-residence at the O’Neil National Playwriting Conference. She has taught and guest lectured at several schools including, Brown University, Yale University, Rutgers University and NYU. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Temple University.  


B.A., English, Rutgers University
M.A. English, Temple University