Ben Wexler is a New York-based songwriter. He is a recipient of the 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. His work has been performed by Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Victoria Clark, Tituss Burgess, and many more.
Recent projects include Maestro (Whitman/Grove New Works Commission), Saturday Night Seder (with Benj Pasek), BLOCKED (TheaterWorks USA Commission), 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 Founding Artistic Director of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, which works to dismantle systemic racism through the power of storytelling and the leadership of people directly affected. He is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center's Songwriting in the Schools program, and is resident composer for A Broader Way Foundation, an arts-education program for young women 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 trained through the New Dramatists' Composer-Librettist studio, The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing Workshop, and was a Dramatists Guild Fellow (2015-16). He holds a B.A. in Music Composition from Yale University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Betta Kappa).
“Some of the songs, in particular, are a joy. Victoria Clark’s polished and deeply felt rendition of Essential by Ben Wexler is delightful.”
Jonathan Cash, The Reviews Hub
“It’s hard not to immediately like Ben Wexler. He’s an incredibly endearing performer whose passion for his work is palpable. But beyond that, he is a notably gifted composer and singer.”
Yael Haskel, Writing on Theater and Film
“I can only marvel at his craft. Not only are the songs lyrical, they’re distinctively illuminating.”
Alex Cohen, Woman About Town
“Ben Wexler demonstrated his remarkable songwriting and vocal abilities… this super talented young man made a great impression on the audience as they brought him back for a second bow.”
Linda Amiel Burns, Theatre Pizzazz
Saturday Night Seder featured in the New York Times.