Moisés Kaufman (born November 21, 1963) is a Venezuelan playwright, director and founder of Tectonic Theater Project, based in New York City. He is best known for writing and producing The Laramie Project (2000) with other members of Tectonic Theater Project, which he founded. He is the author of numerous plays, including Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and 33 Variations.
|Born||November 21, 1963|
|Occupation||playwright, theatre director|
Kaufman is of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent, and was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is an alumnus of Venezuela's Universidad Metropolitana, where he began to study theatre. After immigrating to the United States, he went to college in New York and graduated from NYU.
In 2005 he described himself in an interview by saying, "I am Venezuelan, I am Jewish, I am gay, I live in New York. I am the sum of all my cultures. I couldn't write anything that didn't incorporate all that I am."
Kaufman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, following the premiere of The Laramie Project, which was based on extensive interviews with residents and commentators in and around Wyoming who were involved with the aftermath of the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard.
- Steinberg/ATCA Best New Play Award—2008: 33 Variations
- Outer Critics Circle Award
- GLAAD Media Award
- Drama Desk Award
- Lucille Lortel Award
- Carbonell Award
- Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award
- Lambda Book Award
- Venezuela's Casa del Artista
- American Library Association's LGBT Literature Award
- Matthew Shepard Foundation's "Making A Difference Award"
- Artistic Integrity Award from the Human Rights Campaign
- National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
- Golden Bear Award from the Berlin Film Festival
- Humanitas Prize
- Joe A. Callaway Award
- The Tony Award
- 2016 National Medal of Arts and Humanities
Stage directing creditsEdit
- Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
- Puss in Boots (El Gato con Botas)
- 33 Variations
- Macbeth (starring Liev Schreiber) for The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park
- Lady Windermere's Fan
- This Is How It Goes
- Into The Woods
- Master Class (with Rita Moreno)
- One Arm by Tennessee Williams
- I Am My Own Wife (2004, his Broadway debut)
- The Laramie Project (2000)
- Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
- Marlow's Eye
- The Nest
- Women in Beckett
- The Nightingale
- The Heiress
- Torch Song Trilogy
- The L Word (2 episodes)
- Hurwitt, Robert (2001-05-20). "The 'Laramie' process". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Robert Myers (25 May 1997). "'Nothing Mega About It Except the Applause'". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
- Orozco, Jose (March 21, 2005). "True To Reality: An Interview with Moises Kaufman". Morphizm. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
I am Venezuelan, I am Jewish, I am gay, I live in New York. I am the sum of all my cultures. I couldn't write anything that didn't incorporate all that I am.
- "Moisés Kaufman". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 2002. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2009-03-03.