MJ Kaufman


MJ Kaufman is a playwright and devised theater artist working in New York and Philadelphia. Their work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, the New Museum, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Page73, Colt Coeur, Yale School of Drama, Lark Play Development Center, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, and performed in Russian in Moscow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. MJ has taught playwriting at Fordham University, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase College, the University of the Arts and as a teaching fellow at Yale College. MJ is currently a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers’ Group, the WP Theater Lab and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. MJ has curated two years of the Trans Theater Festival at the Brick.




Trans Lab

A play group for trans & gender nonconforming theater artists


Plays by trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) writers are a rarity in American theater. As transgender stories are co-opted, commercialized, and misrepresented by cisgender writers, Trans Lab will support the creation of a critical mass of TGNC plays by TGNC writers.


In 2018, four teams of trans and gender nonconforming playwrights will develop four new plays through the Trans Lab Fellowship, which is supported by WP Theater and The Public Theater.


In addition to the four Trans Lab Fellows, the lab will support emerging TGNC directors to counter the underrepresentation of these artists in the theater industry.


Trans Lab’s programming will include professional development sessions for fellows, and the year-long program will culminate in a series of readings of works developed in the lab.


Trans Lab’s co-directors MJ Kaufman and Kit Yan are hosting a launch party and fundraiser on Feb 19. For more on info/tickets visit: http://bit.ly/translablaunch