"Hamilton" Writer & Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Now A MacArthur Genius

"Hamilton" Writer & Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Now A MacArthur "Genius"
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer and star of Broadway musical Hamilton, can add another line to his impressive resume: MacArthur Genius Grant winner. 

Miranda, one of 24 people selected as 2015 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will receive a no-strings-attached stipent of $625,000 over the next five years. The money can be used in any way he sees fit. 

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"We try to reach people who have shown evidence of exceptional creativity but show the potential for more in the future" Cecilia A. Conrad, the foundation's managing director, told the New York Times. "To give individuals the freedom to take some risks, to enable them to do new and exciting things." 

Puerto Rican Lin-Manuel Miranda won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical for In The Heights.  His current production, Hamilton, is a hip-hop inspired musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton. According to Deadline, the show earned $32 million in advance ticket sales, and it has been sold out for months.

Other MacArthur Genius Grant winners for 2015 include Juan Salgado of the Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of Between The World And Me, and New York-based painter Nicole Eisenman. See the full list at the official website