Michael Weller was born in New York City in 1943 and now resides in Brooklyn. He is best known for his plays Moonchildren (1971), Loose Ends (1979), and Spoils of War (1988). Moonchildren earned Weller the 1972 Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright. Weller is one of the founders of the Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project, which pairs pre-eminent playwrights with emerging playwrights for a season-long mentorship. In 2005, the Broken Watch Theatre Company in New York named its performance space The Michael Weller Theatre "in honor of his tremendous accomplishments." Weller attended Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where he studied music composition, then began writing plays. Weller is a faculty member at The New School for Drama in New York City.