1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Playwright/screenwriter. Weller studied music composition at Brandeis University under Irving Fine, Harold Shapiro and Martin Boykin and earned his living as a jazz pianist before taking his graduate degree in theater at the University of Manchester, England.
His plays have been performed at major theatres in America and around the world. Best known are Moonchildren, Fishing, Loose Ends, Spoils of War and What The Night Is For, which premiered in the 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 teleplay of his Broadway drama “Spoils of War,” starring Kate Nelligan.
He designed and served for ten years as Supervising Mentor of the Mentor Project of the Cherry Lane Theatre, which with the generous guidance of Edward Albee, brings gifted new writers together with established playwright-mentors to develop and produce three new works each year, then helps guide them towards a professional career. Over thirty three new plays have been produced to date, many of which have gone on to successful commercial productions; most notably 16 Wounded, by Elaim Kriam, which opened on Broadway in 2004, and Jailbait, which in April of 2009 concluded a successful run at The Cherry Pit Theatre.
His play 50 Words (starring Elizabeth Marvel and Norbert Leo Butz) enjoyed a highly acclaimed run at the Lucielle Lortel Theatre, directed by Austin Pendleton, and his play Beast, dealing with traumatized and "dead" war veterans, enjoyed a controversial run at the New York Theatre Workshop in the fall of 2008. His trilogy of interlocking two character plays, Loving, Longing, Leaving, was recently published by T.C.G. Publications.
Dr Zhivago, from the novel by Boris Pasternak, for which he wrote the book (Des McAnuff to direct, Lucy Simon music, Amy Powers and Michael Korie lyrics) will open on Broadway in October 2013.
He is currently completing a screenplay from the classic 1930s satire by John Collier, His Monkey Wife, and his new play The Full Catastrophe (from the novel by David Carkeet) is in pre-production for a planned premier in mid 2013.
His work has won 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 he was honored by The Broken Watch Theatre Company, which named it’s playhouse in his honor. He is on the counsel of the Writer’s Guild Fund, and the Dramatists Guild of America.