Mount Union Announces Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts as 2015 Schooler Lecturers

February 26, 2015

Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union has announced that alumna and Tony Award nominated actor Carrie Coon ‘03 and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Tony award-winning actor Tracy Letts will be the 2015 Schooler Lecturers.

The Schooler Lecture will be presented at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 13 in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Coon is one of Hollywood's most sought after and engaging talents. Since beginning her career in acting, she has already fostered an impressive body of work in film, television and theatre, including a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Honey in “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” on Broadway.

Coon made her silver screen debut in the feature film “Gone Girl”in October, playing the role of Margo Dunne, the twin sister of Ben Affleck’s character, Nick Dunne. She currently can be seen playing the role of Nora Durst in the HBO series “The Leftovers.” Season two of the show is set to debut this year. In addition, on March 16, Coon will open in the lead role of “Placebo,” a new play debuting at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

Originally from Copley, Ohio, Coon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Mount Union and a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Coon’s television credits include “Intelligence,” “Ironside,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “The Playboy Club.” Her theatre credits include “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Our Town,” “Three Sisters,” “The March,” “The Girl in the Yellow Dress,” “The Real Thing,” “Magnolia,” “Bronte” and “Anna Christie” in addition to four seasons with the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Letts made show business history when he became the only person to win both a Tony Award for acting and a Pulitzer Prize. He has also claimed two Tony Awards – Best Play for “August: Osage County” and Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as George in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”on Broadway. The Pulitzer Prize came for “August: Osage County” as well.

He is currently starring as Senator Andrew Lockhart in Showtime’s megahit “Homeland.” He’s also adapting “The Grapes of Wrath” for Steven Spielberg.

In addition to “August: Osage County,” Letts is the author of screenplays “Killer Joe” and “Bug,” “Man from Nebraska” (Pulitzer finalist),“Superior Donuts” and a new version of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” He also wrote the screenplay for the film “August: Osage County,” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. 

His stage credits include “American Buffalo,” “Betrayal,” “The Pillowman,” “Last of the Boys,” “The Pain and the Itch,” “The Dresser,” “Homebody/Kabul,” “The Dazzle,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Three Days of Rain,” “Orson’s Shadow,” “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” “Conquest of the South Pole” and “Bouncers.”

His other TV and film appearances include “Guinevere,” “U.S. Marshals,” “Profiler,” “Prison Break,” “Seinfeld” and “Home Improvement,” among others. 

Coon and Letts met while performing in “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. They then performed together in the Broadway run of the show and were married in 2013.

Complimentary tickets to the lecture can be requested online at or by calling (330) 829-6120 and leaving a message including name, address, phone number and number of tickets requested. Please allow several business days for tickets to be processed and mailed.

About the Schooler Lecture

The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled the University to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union and for the residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.

Past Schooler Lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford; the late astronomer Carl Sagan; the late former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop; former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; the late former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick; news magazine host Hugh Downs; the late news commentator David Brinkley; former hostage Terry Anderson; Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally and the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page; Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell; Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; former president of Poland Lech Walesa; Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers; the late former New York Governor Mario Cuomo; media specialists Cokie and Steven Roberts; the Archbishop Desmond Tutu; former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard; the late Tim Russert; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin; author Khaled Hosseini; astrophysicist, TV show host and author Neil Degrasse Tyson; former Newark, New Jersey mayor and current United States senator Cory Booker and Daily Beast founder and former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and Newsweek Tina Brown.


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