Summer 2016: eat and you belong to us at The Lark Studio Retreat in June.
MJ will attend Clubbed Thumb Silent Writing Retreat in Texas in August.
Spring 2016: Incubated Artist Residency at University of the Arts to work on eat and you belong to us
January 2016: MJ joins the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and Sagittarius Ponderosa premieres at New Conservatory Theatre Center.
October-December 2015: New Museum Residency continues with study weeks open to the public.
September 2015: World Premiere of How to Live on Earth.
July 2015: Art Farm Residency in Nebraska
Page 73 workshop at Yale School of Drama
June 2015: MJ will develop HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH, a new play, through the second part of an Audrey Residency at New Georges and a Play Hotel reading at Colt Coeur
May 2015: MJ will develop WE SAT IN THE DEATH HOUSE, a collaboration with director Nicole Watson at The Drama League
April 2015: MJ will develop WOLVES EAT ELK at Temple University.
March 2015: MJ will go to UMASS Amherst New Play Lab to workshop SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA.
MJ’s play SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA will have a reading at New York Theater workshop on March 23rd.
FEBRUARY 2015: MJ workshops a new play HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH with director Adrienne Campbell-Holt at New Georges as part of the Audrey Residency program.
JANUARY 2015: MJ workshops WOLVES EAT ELK at Brooklyn College with director Keith-Paul Medelis.
DECEMBER 2014: MJ develops MURMUR ROCK at Crowded Fire in San Francisco.
NOVEMBER 2014: MJ is a semi-finalist for P73’s 2015 programs. MJ workshops a new play, WOLVES EAT ELK, at the Art Church of Philadelphia with director Rebecca Wright.
MJ’s play SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA is read in Upstream Artists’ Collective summer reading series.
MJ’s play MURMUR ROCK received a developmental workshop at the Huntington Theatre directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh.
MJ’s new play MURMUR ROCK is selected as one of Jewish Play Project’s Top Ten of 2014.
SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA wins 2014 Global Age Project at Aurora Theater.
OUTLAW JEAN will be produced by Kutumba Theater in Ft. Lauderdale Florida in 2014!
-MERISM receives a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant 2013.
MJ’s short play DIARY of DOUBLE premieres in New Haven!
GAYZE: A Real Live Webseries premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2013:
“From its opening monologue delivered in the form of a Craigslist personal ad, it’s clear that Gayze is a zeitgeist-y affair. Following the misadventures of a diverse group of hip, urban twentysomethings, this three-part performance is the kind that makes you want to use “Internet” as an adjective. With its soundtrack of Tegan and Sara, The Smiths and Magnetic Fields to jokes about non-hierarchical meditation retreats and sex-toy joint custody, Gayze manages to both celebrate and lampoon its own unique point of view.” -Jess Bergman City Paper
For MJ Kaufman in Sagittarius Ponderosa, the only thing that’s really sustainable is what he calls “the landscape of constant change.” Set in central Oregon, Kaufman’s native state, in a landscape dominated by Ponderosa pines, the play depicts three generations of a family coming to grips with various kinds of transformation in the dark time of the year ruled by Sagittarius—late November.
In March 2013, MJ Kaufman was interviewed by Adam Szymkowicz.