March 25, 2014
Contact: University Relations
The University of Baltimore Collegiate Intent Section of the National Council of Negro Women will celebrate the acclaimed writer Richard Wesley, a black playwright and screenwriter for television and cinema whose works include the screenplays for the films Uptown Saturday Night and Let's Do It Again, both of which starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. Wesley will visit UB on Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 2 p.m. on the 12th floor of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, 1401 N. Charles St. The event is open to the public, although an R.S.V.P. is recommended (details listed below).
Wesley is an associate professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he is chair of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing. He has received a number of acoclades for his writings, including the 1971 Drama Desk Award for his play The Black Terror, and the Audelco Award for his play The Mighty Gents, which premiered on Broadway in 1978.
Wesley's motion picture screenplays also include Native Son (1984) and Fast Forward (1985), and his productions for television include Murder Without Motive (1991), Mandela And De Klerk (1997), and Bojangles (2000). He has also written episodes for the television series Fallen Angels and 100 Centre Street. Prof. Wesley has served as an adjunct profoessor at Manhattanville College, Wesleyan University, the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Rutgers University.