Weller, Michael

Michael Weller

Michael Weller
BA, Music Composition, Brandeis University
Diploma in Drama, University of Manchester, England
Part-Time Assistant Professor; Playwriting; The New School for Drama

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Areas of Expertise:
Playwriting

Profile:
Mr. Weller’s plays have been performed at major theaters in America and around the world. Best known are Moonchildren, Fishing, Loose Ends, Spoils of War, and What the Night Is For, which received a production in London’s West End starring Gillian Anderson and Roger Allam. His films include Hair and Ragtime (for Milos Forman) and Lost Angels (for Hugh Hudson) and a television film based on his play Spoils of War. He was a writer and producer of the acclaimed television series Once and Again and, with Tom Fontana, is developing a series called The A Word, based on his trilogy of plays Loving, Longing, Leaving.

Mr. Weller’s play Beast, which he developed with the New York Stage and Film reading series, opened at the New York Theatre Workshop in September 2008 in a production directed by Jo Bonney. His play 50 Words opened ten days later at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in a production starring Elizabeth Marvel and directed by Austin Pendleton. A musical based on the Boris Pasternak novel Dr. Zhivago for which he wrote the book opened in Sydney in February 2011, and Side Effects, his follow-up to 50 Words, premiered at Manhattan Class Company in June 2011. He recently completed Rumors, a musical about the making of Fleetwood Mac’s two legendary breakthrough albums.

Mr. Weller has received an Academy Award nomination (for Ragtime), an NAACP Outstanding Contribution Award, a Critics Outer Circle Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, a Helen Merrill Award, and a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award. Mr. Weller is a member of the board of the Dramatists Guild of America and is the president of the Foundation of the Writers Guild of America East.
Courses Taught:
  • How Plays Work 1
Recent Publications:
Loving, Longing, Leaving (three plays) (June 2011)


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