MJ Kaufman’s Sagittarius Ponderosa, directed by Ben Randle, New Conservatory Theatre, 2016. Pictured: SK Kerastas, Matthew Hannon, Michaela Greeley, Andy Collins, and Janis DeLucia. Photo by Lois Tema.
MJ Kaufman is a playwright whose work examines the human experience, often focusing on the lives of queer and transpeople. A "Core Playwright" at InterAct Theatre Company, they have been an artist in residence at the New Museum, and a resident teaching artist with Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Recognition for Kaufman's work includes a 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, a 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and a 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. They have had work produced by New York Theatre Workshop, Yale School of Drama, and Aurora Theatre, among others. Kaufman received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In 2016, with Center support, they will present Destiny Estimate, a new play combining several forms of storytelling, physical language, and a cappella choral music in an investigation of destiny.