Moisés Kaufman has been awarded a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting. Kaufman made his mark with Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, a documentary-style account of the trial and sentencing of poet and playwright Oscar Wilde at the turn of the 20th century. Kaufman went on to co-write and direct The Laramie Project, about the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. The play transferred from a run in Denver to an Off-Broadway engagement and has exploded in the regional theatre scene. The play was recently made into a television film for HBO. Kaufman directed the picture.
Kaufman is the artistic director of the Tectonic Theater Project.
Past Guggenheim fellows include David Auburn and Rebecca Gilman.
—By Robert Simonson