Not only has Moises Kaufman been getting raves and accolades for penning the Off-Broadway drama, Gross Indecency - The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde, he's just won an award for his direction.
The Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) has given Kaufman the 1997 Joe A. Callaway Award for "excellence in the craft of direction and choreography." Kaufman will receive the award at a Nov. 17 membership meeting of the organization.
Founder and artistic director of NYC's Tectonic Theatre Project, Kaufman staged The Nest at Theatre For The New City in 1994 and brought Gross Indecency to Off-Off-Broadway this past spring. The show moved to the Minetta Lane Theatre in June and there continues its open run.
Judges for the $1,000 Award included Schellie Archbold (chair), Peter Bennett, Linda Burson, David Dorwart, Jay Harnick, Barry McNabb, George Rondo, Melanie Sutherland and Tunc Yalman. The award was announced Oct. 22.
According to associate director James Graves, the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation was formed as a branch of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers but is now a separate, though connected, organization with its own board of directors. The organization was formed to foster, promote and develop "the craft and creativity of directors and choreographers." Joe A. Callaway was an actor, director and critic who created several endowments for artists in the theatre.
-- By David Lefkowitz