Award-winning playwright and director Moisés Kaufman will serve as 2017-2018 artist-in-residence for the Department of Dance & Theatre. Kaufman will be on campus Jan. 16-27, 2018 and April 2-13, 2018.
He will be a guest speaker in several theatre classes, as well as work with theatre majors to devise a new piece for the stage inspired by the surreal short stories of Latin American author Jorge Luis Borges. The residency is sponsored by UNT's Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.
Moisés Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright, and a 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Mr. Kaufman's Broadway directing credits include the revival of The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) starring Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; and Doug Wright's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife with Jefferson Mays. Most recently, he has directed the revival of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song.
His play The Laramie Project (which he wrote with the Tectonic Theater Project company) is among the most performed plays in America. Other credits include Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (which he also wrote), The Tallest Tree in the Forest (Mark Taper, BAM), The Nightingale (La Jolla Playhouse), Common Pursuit (Roundabout), Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Public Theater), This Is How It Goes (Donmar Warehouse), One Arm by Tennessee Williams (New Group and Steppenwolf Theatre Company), the opera El Gato con Botas (Puss in Boots) at the New Victory Theater, and Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is an Obie winner and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.
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