is the founder and Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project, a New York City based theater company. For Tectonic he wrote and directed Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde which ran for over 600 performances in New York. He also directed it in Los Angeles (Mark Taper Forum), San Francisco (Theater on the Square), Toronto (Canadian Stage) and London's West End (Gielgud Theatre). The play has been produced in over 40 cities in the U.S. and in dozens of cities abroad. For Gross Indecency, Moisés won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, the Garland Award (Los Angeles) for Best Play, the Carbonell Award (Florida) for Best Play, the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Direction, the GLAAD Media Award for New York Theater, and the prestigious Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction given by his peers in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Tectonic Theater Project also won an Outer Critics Circle Award as original producers of the play, and the published version of Gross Indecency won the Lambda Book Award.
His most recent work, The Laramie Project, opened at The Denver Theater Center in March 2000 and moved to New York on May 18th 2000. Time magazine called The Laramie Project one of the 10 best plays of 2000. On November 2000, Mr. Kaufman took his company to Laramie Wyoming to perform the play there.
Other directing credits: Women in Beckett, the collection of Samuel Beckett's short plays for women, performed by actresses aged 65-80; In the Winter of Cities, his adaptation of Tennessee Williams' later one-acts; The Nest by Franz Xaver Kroetz, named by the Village Voice as one of the top 10 theatrical works of 1994-95; Marlowe's Eye by Naomi Iizuka, among others.
Moisés is a member of Thespis, the foremost experimental theater company in his native Venezuela. In June 1999 he was named Artist of the Year by Venezuela's Casa del Artista, a national award voted on by artists from a wide variety of fields.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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