Michael Filerman is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After graduating in 1960, Mr. Filerman initiated his amazingly productive career in Los Angeles, CA as a writer and producer after a short time in Chicago. His credits include well known film, television, and theatre productions. He continues to serve as producer and executive producer from his homes in Beverly Hills and New York, NY.
Mr. Filerman produced "The Norman Conquests," "You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush," "Impressionism," "Blithe Spirit," "The Country Girl," "November," "The Homecoming," and "Frozen" on Broadway and produced the Los Angeles productions of "The 24th Day," and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change."
Mr. Filerman developed and executive produced the long-running TV series "Knots Landing," "Falcon Crest," "Flamingo Road," "Sisters," and "Dallas." His movies made for television include "Christmas Eve" and "The Story Lady," as well as several additional television pilots, episodes, mini-series, and movies.
Mr. Filerman served as the Executive Producer for "Urbania," "The Covenant," "When Andrew Came Home," "Deadly Family Secrets," "Four Corners," "Once You Meet a Stranger," and "Peyton Place: The Next Generation."
The Playbills on display were collected and generously donated by Mr. Filerman as a record of
more than 1,300 stage productions he has personally seen between 1953 and 2009. They serve as
a tremendous resource for future generations of students and scholars studying Theatre and the
history of Theatre at the University of Illinois. Mr. Filerman has also established an
endowed scholarship in the Department of Theatre to support students at his alma mater.
The Department of Theatre, in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, is extremely grateful to Mr. Filerman for his donation of Playbills and for his foresight and generosity in establishing the Michael Filerman Endowed Scholarship with the University of Illinois Foundation.
Mr. Filerman will speak on behalf of the Department of Theatre during its commencement ceremony in May 2010.