Tony Kushner

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director
Tony Kushner brought the AIDS epidemic to the cultural fore in the early 1990s with his poignant play "Angels in America," before going on to enjoy a highly-regarded career as a screenwriter with the much-praised ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1956 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (15)

The Royal Road 2015 (Movie)


Wilde Salome 2014 (Movie)


Making the Boys 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Outrage 2009 (Movie)


Theater of War 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wrestling with Angels 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Jewish Soul, American Beat 1999 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Signature: George C. Wolfe 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


In Search of Angels 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer (3)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)


Munich 2005 (Movie)


Angels in America (TV Show)

Source Material


Tony Kushner brought the AIDS epidemic to the cultural fore in the early 1990s with his poignant play "Angels in America," before going on to enjoy a highly-regarded career as a screenwriter with the much-praised scripts for "Munich" (2005) and "Lincoln" (2012). Louisiana-raised and educated at New York City's two most prestigious universities, Kushner in the late 1980s began working on a sprawling ensemble piece examining the impact of AIDS on a cross-section of the New York gay community amid the repression and moral confusion of the Reagan era. After much-buzzed about preview performances in San Francisco and London, "Angels in America" debuted on Broadway in the spring of 1993 via part one, subtitled "Millennium Approaches," followed by part two, "Perestroika," which debuted later in the year. It became a critical and financial blockbuster, with the former winning the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer for drama that year, and the latter winning the Tony in 1994. Kushner adapted "Angels" for a 2003 miniseries presentation on HBO and segued into film work in a succession of collaborations with Steven Spielberg, beginning with a screenplay for the historical espionage tale "Munich," followed by the much-heralded drama centered on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Oscar-nominated, Emmy-awarded and a recipient of every major drama laurel, Kushner did as much as any artist to bring attention to the issues of social justice and cultural alienation as it pertained to the LGBT community.


Mark Harris

Editor of Entertainment Weekly and author of Pictures at a Revolution - Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood Held commitment ceremony April 2003 Married 2008 in Provincetown, MA

William Kushner


Sylvia Kushner



New York University

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York 1978



Re-teamed with director Steven Spielberg to write screenplay for "Lincoln"


Wrote "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures" for the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis


Penned a new translation of Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage and Her Children"; performed at the Delacorte Theater and starred Meryl Streep


Subject of Freida Lee Mock's documentary feature "Wrestling With Angels"; debuted at the Sundance Film Festival


Penned the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Munich," which centered on aftermath of tragic massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympic Games; earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Screenplay


Directed "Helen" at the Public Theatre


Adapted his play "Angels in America" into HBO miniseries directed by Mike Nichols


Premiered "Homebody/Kabul" at New York Theatre Workshop


Provided commentary for Ric Burns' epic "New York" (PBS)


Contributed one-act play to the omnibus evening "Love's Fire"; produced at NYC's Public Theatre


Asked by actress Kika Markham to create a monologue for her, which became "Homebody"


Penned adaptation of "The Dybbuk"; produced at Hartford Stage; also produced at NYC's Public Theatre in 1997


Penned "Slavs! Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness" for the New York Theatre Workshop


Adapted Brecht's "Good Person of Setzuan" from Wendy Arons' translation; produced at La Jolla Playhouse


Debuted "Angels in America" on Broadway; aired in two parts, "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika"


Breakthrough stage work, the award-winning "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes"; first staged at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco


Penned the play "A Bright Room Called Day," which was staged at NYC's Public Theatre


Collaborated with Ariel Dorfman on adapting Dorfman's play "Widows" for American audiences; produced in Los Angeles, CA


Adapted Corneille's "The Illusion" for the stage; produced in NYC and at Hartford Stage in 1990


Wrote "Hydriotaphia, or The Death of Dr. Browne"; remained unstaged until 1998 when it was co-produced by the Alley Theatre in Texas and the Berkeley Repertory Company in California


Adapted "Stella," from the play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; produced in New York City


Play "A Bright Room Called Day" premiered in San Francisco, CA


First professional production as a playwright, "Yes Yes No No: The Solace-of-Solstice, Apogee/Perigee, Bestial/Celestial Holiday Show" at the Imaginary Theatre Company in St. Louis, MO


Worked as a switchboard operator at the United Nations Plaza Hotel


Moved back to NYC to attend Columbia University

Born in New York City and raised in Lake Charles, LA