MJ Kaufman is a playwright and storyteller. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and is currently an MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama. He has received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., and the Huntington Theatre, where he is also a playwriting fellow. MJ was awarded the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre for his play, A Live Dress. His work has also been performed in Russian in Moscow. MJ Kaufman is trans-identified and uses the pronouns He/Him/His. Website.
MJ Kaufman shares insight on the necessity of trans voices being developed and acknowledged in diverse, multi-faceted, and complex narratives.
MJ Kaufman offers compelling insight on the politcs of trans casting.
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MJ Kaufman interviews playwright, director, and performer Azure D. Osborne-Lee about his plays and what he sees in the field as a trans artist.
In this installation, MJ questions what makes a trans character credible onstage, and how does gender fit into color-conscious casting?
MJ Kaufman begins a new blog series, exploring questions of gender and parity in the world of performance. In this installment, he looks at how transpeople talk.