Moisés Kaufman was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in September 2016. He is also a Tony and Emmy-nominated director and playwright. Prior Broadway credits: The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) with Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife.
Kaufman’s next project is the first NY revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy starring Michael Urie.
His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project are among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is currently directing and writing a new Broadway-bound adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill. He’s the artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Playwrighting Fellow.
At this lecture, Kaufman will provide insight on the issues developed in The Laramie Project, the history of the creation and structure of this dramatic piece and how literature and performance can impact change or policy.