2016-17 Recipient

Michael WellerMichael Weller '65 is the author of more than 40 produced plays, including Moonchildren, Loose Ends, Spoils of War, and Fifty Words.

Weller is the author of the screenplays for Hair, Ragtime, Lost Angels and Spoils of War, and was a writer/producer on the television series “Once and Again.” 

A musical from the Boris Pasternak novel "Dr. Zhivago," for which he wrote the book, opened on Broadway in April 2015, and his adaptation of the novel "The Fill Catastrophe," by David Carkeet, premiered at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in July/August 2015.

He designed and developed (with Angelina Fiordelissi and Suzanne Brinkley) the acclaimed Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and served for its first 10 years as supervising mentor.

His work has earned an Academy Award nomination, an N.A.A.C.P. Outstanding Contribution Award, Critics Outer Circle Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, and the Helen Merrill Award. The Broken Watch Theatre Company named its playhouse in his honor.

Weller is president of the Writer’s Guild Initiative, of the Writers Guild of America East, and is a permanent member of the council of the Dramatists Guild of America.

While at Brandeis, Weller studied music composition. He earned his graduate degree in theater at the University of Manchester, England.

He lives in Brooklyn.