Tectonic Theater Project



moises_kaufmanMOISÉS KAUFMAN

Moisés Kaufman is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright, and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Mr. Kaufman’s Broadway directing credits include the revival of The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) starring Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; and Doug Wright’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife with Jefferson Mays.

His play The Laramie Project (which he wrote with the Tectonic Theater Project company) is among the most performed plays in America. Other credits include Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (which he also wrote), The Tallest Tree in the Forest (Mark Taper, BAM), The Nightingale (La Jolla Playhouse), The Common Pursuit (Roundabout), Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Public Theater), This Is How It Goes (Donmar Warehouse), One Arm by Tennessee Williams (New Group and Steppenwolf Theatre Company), the opera El Gato con Botas (Puss in Boots) at the New Victory Theater, and Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is an Obie winner and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.




Matt comes to Tectonic from Charlottesville, Virginia, where for the past six and a half years he served as the Executive Director of Live Arts, Charlottesville’s producing theater company. In his time at Live Arts Matt shepherded all aspects of the company’s operations, including marketing, fundraising, facility management, strategic planning, and capital campaign management. In 2014 he oversaw completion of a $1m renovation to the theatre’s public lobby spaces as a part of a campaign to establish the theatre’s first ever reserve funds. Prior to Live Arts Matt served as Executive Director of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association and Mansfield Symphony in Ohio. Other past positions include The State Theater of Ithaca, COSI Columbus, and Columbus Children’s Theatre. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Matt received his MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Play House. He also holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. As a director some of Matt’s favorite projects include A CHORUS LINE, THE PRODUCERS, and LES MISÉRABLES. As an actor his favorite roles include Sir Robin in SPAMALOT, The Minstrel in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, and Jeff in LOBBY HERO. Matt is thrilled to relocate to New York with his Scottish husband Moray and their two dogs, Ethan Allen Hawley and Atticus Finch.


Laurie is a theater artist and arts educator with over fifteen years experience in arts education. She comes to Tectonic Theater Project from Los Angeles where she was the Artistic Director of the Virginia Avenue Project, a theater arts-based mentoring program modeled on New York’s 52nd Street Project. At VAP Laurie directed arts programs for struggling youth, produced and directed 3-4 original theater productions per year, and launched several in-school playwriting residencies and innovative collaborations with other arts organizations. In prior years, Laurie was the founding Creative Director of the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre where she designed the school curriculum, wrote and directed their school touring production, and taught playwriting at the Alameda County Juvenile Hall. Laurie has also taught at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica and at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and a native of Brooklyn, NY.



Larry comes to us from Gretna Theatre (PA), one of the oldest AEA summer theaters in the country, where he was the Producing Artistic Director for ten years. Producing over 115 shows at Gretna, he set box office records, produced east coast, regional and PA premieres, presented stars such as Tommy Tune, Shirley Jones, Sally Struthers, Faith Prince and Pam Tillis and commissioned multiple children’s plays and musicals. He was the Managing Director of Stamford Theatre Works (CT) and is particularly proud of the world premiere of Fraternity by Steve Karp.  He was the General Manager of Playhouse on the Green (CT), Assistant to the Producer at the Darien Dinner Theatre (CT) and stage manager for several NYC premieres and seasons of stock.  Larry produced and starred in the NYC revival of Jerome Kern’s Leave It to Jane and has appeared in plays, films, television commercials, corporate videos and musicals all over the United States, including Off-Broadway’s Mack the Knife, the Life and Music of Bobby Darin.   Favorite roles have ranged from Dr. Peter Patrone in The Heidi Chronicles to Billy Early in No, No Nanette! to Joey Keyston in Butley.  In his “spare” time, he is his family’s genealogist and an avid amateur figure skater, winning eight gold medals at the U.S. Adult National Figure Skating Championships, including two in 2016! He and his husband of 38 years, Christian Saint-Girard, are thrilled to return to NYC full-time.


Hinds, Zena, HeadshotZENA HINDS

Zena is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in Drama with a minor in Business of Entertainment. In her time at NYU, she founded Unmasked Theatre Company, a company dedicated to using musical theatre to de-stigmatize mental illness. Unmasked Theatre Company was the 2014 NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge Best Overall Venture, and has produced three original shows in the past two years. Zena has also worked as a producer and administrator with Opening Act to bring free high-quality theater classes to underserved NYC public schools and with NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. You may be able to catch her performing in the NYC area as well. She is honored to be continuing to work on using theater for social justice with Tectonic Theater Project.



Laura Barati is a writer, performer, director, and deviser of new works.  Originally from Los Angeles, she studied Drama and Gender Studies at Kenyon College and has been steadily moving east and leaving a trail of feminist theatre in her wake since. She worked with the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia before moving to Chicago, where she worked with Strawdog Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Jackalope Theatre Company, Pride Films and Plays, and Cold Basement Dramatics. She is a founding member of the devising collective The Electric Brain. She has trained at the National Theater Institute and the School at Steppenwolf, and received her M.F.A. in Graduate Musical Theatre Writing at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a writer, her work has been performed at Don’t Tell Mama, Barrington Stage Company, Prospect Theater Company, American Opera Projects, and Artemis Theatrical; and include the musical How To Create A Young Girl with TJ Rubin the opera Henna Leaves with Aleksandra Weil, and We Regret to Inform You That Reza is Dead with The Electric Brain. Laura is thrilled to join the Tectonic family and spend her days supporting and coordinating Tectonic’s theatrical endeavors.



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