Martha Jane Kaufman

Assistant Arts Professor

MJ Kaufman

MJ Kaufman is a playwright and television writer from Oregon currently living in New York City. Their plays have been seen at the Public Theater, WP Theater, National Asian American Theater Company, Colt Coeur, Williamstown Theater Festival, InterAct Theater, Yale School of Drama and numerous other theaters and schools around the country as well as in Russian in Moscow and in Australia. MJ has received awards such as the Helen Merrill Emerging Writers Award, the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, and the Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. They have held residencies at the New Museum, MacDowell Colony, and SPACE on Ryder Farm and are currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists. An alum of Wesleyan University and Yale School of Drama, MJ has taught playwriting at Yale College, Fordham University, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase College, the University of the Arts. MJ curated the 2016 and 2017 seasons of Trans Theater Fest at The Brick and, co-founded Trans Lab Fellowship, a program to support emerging transgender theater artists. MJ has also written for Netflix.