Kurtz, Maurice, 1913-

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1913-03-04
US
French, English

Biographical notes:

Maurice Kurtz is a writer, playwright and adapter of plays. In his early career he was an assistant to Erwin Piscator in the Studio Theater. He was instrumental in starting the theater program in UNESCO and was a former secretary-general of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). He has also written about theater for Arts, Le Monde and The New York Times .

From the guide to the Maurice Kurtz papers, 1965-1999, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Maurice Kurtz was born in 1913 in New York City. He was married to Laya Kurtz and working as a professor of Romance languages and literature at New York University when World War II broke out. After enlisting in the United States Army, he was sent to France, where he served as a civil affairs officer. After the war, he helped launch the theater program at UNESCO, worked on the staff of Arts, and was the secretary-general of the International Theatre Institute. His Jacques Copeau: Biography of a Theater was published in 1999.

From the guide to the Maurice Kurtz Papers, 1943-1946, 2004, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Playwright and romance languages professor Maurice Kurtz was a United States Army officer in Europe during World War II; worked on the staff of Arts, a Paris weekly; and served as as secretary-general of the International Theater Institute. His Jacques Copeau: Biography of a Theater was published in 1999.

From the description of Maurice Kurtz papers, 1943-1946, 2004. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 61435622

Maurice Kurtz (1913- ) is a writer, playwright, translator and adapter of plays, and also a co-founder of the International Theatre Institute.

Early in his career, Maurice Kurtz worked at the Off-Broadway Studio Theater as an assistant to Erwin Piscator, for whom Mr. Kurtz adapted Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE for the stage in 1942. He went on to translate and adapt other works as well as writing plays of his own, in addition to publishing books and articles on theater.

From the description of Maurice Kurtz papers, 1965-1999. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517199

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Subjects:

  • Dramatists, American--20th century
  • World War, 1939-1945--Photographs
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • Soldiers--Correspondence
  • Theater
  • World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German
  • Theater--New York (State)--New York
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American

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  • Germany (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)