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Part: XV



Moises Kaufman
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current Town: New York, NY
MOISÉS KAUFMAN was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in September.He is also a Tony and Emmy-nominated director and playwright. Broadway credits include The Heiress with Jessica Chastain; 33 Variations (which he also wrote) with Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tigerat the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; and the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife.His plays, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project, are among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is currently directing and writing a new Broadway-bound adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill. He is the artistic director o…

NEW VISIONS - SCHOOL OF DRAMA DIRECTING FESTIVAL

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Part: XIV

Peter J. Kuo
Hometown: South Pasadena, CA
Current Town: New York, NY
PETER J. KUO is a theatre director, producer, and writer. He is a co-founder of Artists at Play, a theatre collective that produces Los Angeles premieres of works for Asian Americans. For Artists at Play, he directed their inaugural production of Lauren Yee's Ching Chong Chinaman (Backstage Critic's Pick), and Michael Golamco's Cowboy Versus Samurai; as well as readings of Boni Alvarez's Marabella, Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, and Donald Margulies' Dinner with Friends. He has served as a director and assistant director at South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, East West Players, HB Studios, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Play Company.

Tell me about MUTT: Let’s All Talk About Race:
It’s 2013, Obama has just been re-elected, and The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. In an attempt to win the 2016 presidential electi…

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Part XIII

Pitr Strait

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Current Town: Brooklyn, NY

Pitr Strait is a New York-based director and teacher. After graduating from The New School's MFA program, he co-founded Torn Out Theater with Alice Mottola in 2016. Prior to his work with Torn Out, he has directed numerous works by William Shakespeare, Caryl Churchill, and Don Nigro. His film work includes directing words & actions, a short film written by Allan Staples; and co-writing the story for Alexis and Bodine Boling's feature film Movement + Location, winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Brooklyn Film Festival. Pitr's education work includes both graduate and undergraduate classes at The New School, as well as Concordia Language Villages' French immersion programs.

Tell me about  Hamlet:

Hamlet, I mean, it’s only the most famous play in the English language. It’s a terrifying thing to try and sum up, let alone produce. Obviously, there are as many different interpretations of Hamlet as ther…