New York native and playwright Tony Kushner began producing his own works in New York in the 1970s. Though he was still in college, Kushner received immense praise for his writing. He would go on to write several books and many plays, winning more than one Tony and Pulitzer for his work, especially the Angels in America series, which was adapted into a mini-series in the early 2000s. Kushner also helped pen the screenplay for 2005's Munich.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Family moved from New York to Louisiana when he was a child, to create a better environment to care for his sister, who was born deaf.
- Attended his Louisiana high school during its period of racial integration in the '60s.
- Excelled in high-school debate, and began college with an interest in directing.
- Worked as a switchboard operator at the United Nations Plaza Hotel to support himself during graduate school.
- Has won several prestigious awards for his plays, including a Pulitzer Prize and a Kennedy Center Award for Angels in America.
- Has been a source of controversy in the Zionist community for some of his statements about Israel and Palestine.
- Has received many awards for his social and cultural contributions, such as the Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and the Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.