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Moisés Kaufman : biography

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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.

Film credits

  • The Laramie Project

Television credits

  • The L Word (2 episodes)


  • Steinberg/ATCA Best New Play Award—2008: "33 Variations"
  • Obie Award
  • 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 GLBT 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

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
  • Machinal
  • Coxinga
  • The Nightingale
  • The Heiress (play)
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