Richard was most recently the librettist for The Central Park Five, an opera composed by Anthony Davis, a 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner for music, and was the screenwriter for the films Uptown Saturday Night and Let’s Do It Again. He authored the 1978 Broadway drama The Mighty Gents. His memoir, It’s Always Loud in the Balcony, was published in 2019 by Applause Books.
He is an Associate Professor in the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Mr. Wesley is married to novelist Valerie Wilson Wesley.