Tony Kushner


Tony Kushner is the author of one of the greatest and influential plays in the past 100 years. Angels in America is the play that I am speaking of which he wrote as a stage play and then later as a film, where he currently does most of his work and is revered by many people.

Tony Kushner was born Anthony Robert Kushner on July 16, 1956 in New York to William Kushner and Sylvia Deutscher. Both of his parents were musically inclined and prominent in the arts. After he was born his parents moved to Louisiana where he spent most of his childhood.  He moved to New York in 1974 to begin his undergraduate education and he received his Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies in 1978. He then attended Tisch School of the Arts, spending his summers directing new works and Shakespeare. He graduated from Tisch in 1984.

Tony has received many awards for his work including in 2003 from Columbia College Chicago;[5] in 2008 an honorary Doctor of Letters from SUNY Purchase College,  and in May, 2011 an honorary doctorate from CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and most recently he received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013.

In 1993 Tony Kushner wrote Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themesand was written in two parts. Since its creation by Tony it has been made into an opera, a film, and a mini television series. This play has received the 1993 and 1994 Tony Award for the Best Play.

Tony has written at least a couple dozen plays all of which have political and social themes. But plays are not the only thing he has written. Tony is the author of multiple essays, books, and other forms of entertainment such as screenplays and operas. His most recent work was the screenplay for Lincoln directed by Stephen Spielberg. His work and writing is still influential and respected as his work becomes more publicly eecognized.


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