November 21, 1963 |
|Occupation||playwright, theatre director|
Moisés Kaufman (born November 21, 1963) is a playwright, director and founder of Tectonic Theater Project. He is best known for writing The Laramie Project with other members of Tectonic Theater Project. He is also the author of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and 33 Variations. He was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to New York City in 1987.
Kaufman is of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent. 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. 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 the first Venezuelan awarded the National Medal of Arts in ceremony conducted by U.S. president Barack Obama. He is a graduate of NYU
- 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 credits
- Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
- Puss in Boots (El Gato con Botas)
- 33 Variations
- Macbeth (with 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
- The Laramie Project
- Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
- Marlow's Eye
- The Nest
- Women in Beckett
- The Nightingale
- The Heiress
- 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. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
- Moisés Kaufman at the Internet Movie Database
- Moisés Kaufman at the Internet Broadway Database
- Moisés Kaufman at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Moisés Kaufman The Jewish Theatre Interview
- Tectonic Theater Project