David Wheeler was a towering figure in the history of Boston theater. As a founder and artistic director of the Theatre Company of Boston from 1963 to 1975, Wheeler brought a spirit of adventure to a then-staid local theater scene. He worked with such young actors as Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Jon Voight, and Robert Duvall early in their careers, before they went on to stardom.
At Harvard University, Wheeler's students included Matt Damon, who took his Introduction to Theater Arts class, as well as a directing class.
Wheeler was a resident director at the American Repertory Theater in the 1980s and 1990s. His Broadway directing credits include King Richard III and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.