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Moisés Kaufman (born November 21, 1963) is a Venezuelan theater director, filmmaker, playwright, and founder of Tectonic Theater Project, based in New York City. He was awarded the 2016 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He is best known for creating The Laramie Project (2000) with other members of Tectonic Theater Project. He has directed extensively on Broadway and Internationally, and is the author of numerous plays, including Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and 33 Variations.

Moisés Kaufman
Born (1963-11-21) November 21, 1963 (age 55)
Caracas, Venezuela
Occupationtheatre director, playwright
NationalityAmerican
Website
www.tectonictheaterproject.org/Moises_Kaufman.html

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, he moved as a young man to New York City in 1987.[1]

BiographyEdit

Kaufman is of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent, and was born in Caracas, Venezuela.[2] He is an alumnus of Venezuela's Universidad Metropolitana, where he began to study theatre.[3] After immigrating to the United States, he went to college in New York and graduated from NYU.[4]

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."[5]

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.[6]

He made his Broadway directing debut in the 2004 production of I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play.

On September 22, 2016, Kaufman was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities in a ceremony conducted by U.S. president Barack Obama. He is the first Venezuelan to receive the honor.[4]

AwardsEdit

  • 2016 National Medal of Arts given to him by President Barack Obama
  • Obie Award - (Best Director) I AM MY OWN WIFE
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Tony Award Nomination (Best Director) I AM MY OWN WIFE
  • Tony Award Nomination (Best Playwright) 33 VARIATIONS (with Jane Fonda)
  • National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie - THE LARAMIE PROJECT FILM (HBO)
  • Humanitas Prize
  • Emmy Nomination (Dest Director) The Laramie Project Film (HBO)
  • Emmy Nomination (Best Screenwriter - with the Members of Tectonic Theater) THE LARAMIE PROJECT FILM (HBO)
  • Golden Bear Award from the Berlin Film Festival THE LARAMIE PROJECT FILM (HBO)
  • Steinberg/ATCA Best New Play Award—2008: 33 Variations
  • Outer Critics Circle Award BEST DIRECTOR: GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE.
  • Lucille Lortel Award BEST DIRECTOR: GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE.
  • GLAAD Media Award
  • Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE
  • 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
  • Carbonell Award
  • Joe A. Callaway Award for excellence in directing, given by The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.


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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (2001-05-20). "The 'Laramie' process". San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ Robert Myers (25 May 1997). "'Nothing Mega About It Except the Applause'". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  3. ^ [1]
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  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Moisés Kaufman". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 2002. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2009-03-03.

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