The Laramie Project - June 03 - June 05, 2021

Pittsford Mendon High School

 Who's Who 


Moisés Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright. His play 33 VARIATIONS, starring Jane Fonda, was nominated for five Tony awards (including one for Ms. Fonda). Previous to that, Mr. Kaufman directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play I AM MY OWN WIFE, earning him an Obie award for his direction as well as Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel nominations. His plays GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE and THE LARAMIE PROJECT have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Mr. Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of THE LARAMIE PROJECT for HBO, which was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize, and a Special Mention for Best First Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also earned Mr. Kaufman two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Other credits include BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Mark Taper Forum); MACBETH with Liev Schreiber (Public Theater); THIS IS HOW IT GOES (Donmar Warehouse); ONE ARM by Tennessee Williams (Steppenwolf Theater Company); MASTER CLASS with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theater); and LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN (Williamstown Theater Festival).


Leigh Fondakowski was the Head Writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT and has been a member of Tectonic Theatre Project since 1995. She is an Emmy-nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of THE LARAMIE PROJECT for HBO. Her work THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE has been performed under her direction at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater, American Theater Company, and The Guthrie Theater, and received the Glickman Award for Best New Play in the Bay Area in 2005. Another original play, I THINK I LIKE GIRLS, premiered at Encore Theater in San Francisco under her direction and was voted one of the top ten plays of 2002 by "The Advocate." Other directing credits include: GERDA’S LIEUTENANT by Ellen Greeves and Bennett Singer (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts), THREE SECONDS IN THE KEY by Deb Margolin (San Francisco Playhouse), THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Perseverance Theater) and LA VOIX HUMAINE by Jean Cocteau (Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh). Leigh is a 2007 recipient of the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights and has developed a play about 19th century actress Charlotte Cushman with About Face Theatre and Tectonic Theater Project. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Masters in Contemporary Performance program at Naropa University.


Stephen Belber’s plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. They include MATCH; TAPE; DON’T GO GENTLE; DUSK RINGS A BELL; MCREELE; FINALLY; GEOMETRY OF FIRE; FAULT LINES; CAROL MULRONEY; A SMALL, MELODRAMATIC STORY; ONE MILLION BUTTERFLIES; THE POWER OF DUFF; and THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES. He was an associate writer on THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER. Movies include “Tape” (directed by Richard Linklater); “The Laramie Project” (Associate Writer); “Drifting Elegant;” “Management,” starring Jennifer Aniston; and “Match,” starring Patrick Stewart, the last two of which he also directed. Television credits include “Rescue Me,” “Law & Order SVU,” and pilots for F/X, FTVS, and HBO.


Greg Pierotti is co-author of THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER. He is associate writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT (2001 New York Drama Desk and Lortel Award nominee), and co-writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT teleplay for HBO (2002 Emmy nominee). He is head writer of THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE (2005 Glickman Award). His short story “‘lude” has been anthologized in “Men to Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction.” As an actor he has performed in new and classical work in New York and regionally. He originated roles in the world premieres of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, and GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE. He teaches English, Writing, and Performance in colleges and MFA programs around the country. He is one of five master teachers of moment work, a technique for writing and developing performance developed by Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project. He is currently developing two pieces: a screenplay, “Mineshaft,” about the infamous queer sex club of the same name, and a play, MR. APOLOGY, based on transcribed confessions of criminals and wrongdoers of all stripes collected by the artist Allan Bridge in New York during the 1980s. He has been a member of Tectonic Theater Project for over 14 years.


Stephen Wangh is a playwright, lyricist and director. He was Associate Writer of the Tectonic Theater Company's THE LARAMIE PROJECT and one of the writers of THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLE, winner of the Glickman Award for Best Play in the Bay Area, 2005. Other plays include CLASS, CALAMITY! and GOIN' DOWNTOWN, as well as numerous collaborative theatre pieces. Since 1973 he has taught acting in Europe, Boston and New York, and Boulder Colorado, where he is currently Visiting Faculty in the Theater MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. His book on physical acting technique, "An Acrobat of the Heart," was published by Vintage Books (Random House) in 2000.

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