Ben Wexler is a New York-based composer, arranger and teaching artist. Recent projects include composition for Lucy Thurber's The Insurgents (LAByrinth), The Orchestra (Whitman/Grove New Works Commission), Appaholics (TheaterWorks USA Commission), Key Change (Richard Rodgers Award Finalist), Ship Show (dir. Mark Brokaw), and Washington Square (in development with Kirsten Childs). He arranged and co-produced new music for the feature film Speech and Debate, with screenplay by Stephen Karam (Sycamore Pictures, 2017). He was music supervisor and arranger for Fun Home's Spotify Session, the first-ever featuring a Broadway Musical.
Ben is the Artistic Director of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, which merges Broadway Artists with justice-oriented organizations to integrate the arts into their change work. Projects have included collaborations with The Center for Popular Democracy, New York City Council, the Alliance for Quality Education, and a course at Columbia Law School, where he is an adjunct lecturer. He is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center's Songwriting in the Schools program. Ben is resident composer for A Broader Way Foundation, an immersive arts-education program for young women that was founded by Idina Menzel and Jeanine Tesori. Ben served as associate to Ms. Tesori on four seasons of Encores: Off-Center at New York City Center and for Fun Home, Violet, and Sunday in the Park With George, all on Broadway.
Ben has been commissioned to compose original music for choirs in eight states, from Alabama to California to Ohio, leading these groups to top honors at both local and national competitions.
Ben is the recipient of a 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant, The Jerry Harrington Award for Creative Excellence (2013, BMI), a finalist for the 2018 Fred Ebb Award and 2019 Richard Rodgers Award, trained through the New Dramatists' Composer-Librettist studio, and was a Dramatists Guild Fellow (2015-16). Ben holds a B.A. in Music with a focus in composition from Yale University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.