Charles Fuller was born in Philadelphia. He achieved critical notice in 1969 with The Village: A Party. He later wrote plays for the Henry Street Settlement and the Negro Ensemble Company in New York City. His 1975 play The Brownsville Raid won him critical acclaim. He won an Obie Award for Zooman and the Sign in 1980. His next work, A Soldier's Play, was a critical success, winning the 1982 Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. He later adapted the script into the 1984 film A Soldier's Story, for which he won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Motion Picture Screenplay. Directed by Norman Jewison, the film and Fuller's screenplay were nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Writers Guild of America Awards. Fuller has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also written short fiction: the novella Snatch: The Adventures of David and Me in Old New York, for young readers; written screenplays for CBS, Showtime, NBC and PBS; and worked as a motion picture producer. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Dramatists Guild and the 2015 recipient of the Flora Roberts Award for distinguished work in the theatre.