Dahvi Waller

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Dahvi Waller
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
EducationPrinceton University
Years active2005–present

Dahvi Waller is a Canadian screenwriter and television producer.[1] The recipient of a Primetime Emmy Award and three Writers Guild of America Awards, she is best known for her work on the television series Mad Men and the television miniseries Mrs. America.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Montreal, Quebec,[1] the daughter of Harold Myron Waller, a professor of political science at McGill University, and Diane Goodman,[2] she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University.[1]

From 2003 to 2004, Waller began working as one of the directors for the reality TV show Switched Up!, which aired on ABC.

In 2005, Waller joined the writing staff of the drama series Commander in Chief which aired for one 18 episode season from 2005 to 2006. She is credited for writing one episode with Anya Epstein.

From 2006 to 2008, she joined the crew of Desperate Housewives as a staff writer, and for the third season of the show she joined Josh Senter and Jenna Bans on the show's team of story editors. She has writing credits on six episodes of the show.

She then served as a writer and co-producer on the ABC comedy–drama Eli Stone from 2008-2009 with two writing credits alongside Wendy Mericle.

Waller joined the AMC drama series Mad Men in 2009 as a co-producer for the show's third season and was a producer for the series' fourth season. In addition to her role as a producer, she also wrote 2 episodes of the Emmy winning drama alongside show runner and creator Matthew Weiner and one episode alongside Weiner and writer Kater Gordon.

Waller and the show's writing staff the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Drama Series for their work on Mad Men in 2010 and 2011.[3][4]

She shared the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2011 with Mad Men's production team.

Waller was also among those nominated for a Producer's Guild Award (PGA) in 2011 for her work on Mad Men.

Waller has worked as a supervising producer and co-executive producer on the AMC Original Series Halt and Catch Fire in 2014 and 2015. In 2020, she created the FX-on-Hulu miniseries Mrs. America, which had its series premiere on April 15.

She has also written for the stage, with her one act play Between Movements debuting in 2012 as part of an initiative called Unscreened in conjunction with the Elephant Stages' Lillian Theatre in Los Angeles, California.


Writing credits[edit]

Commander in Chief
Title Year Credit Notes
"First...Do No Harm" 2005 Writer, with Anya Epstein
Desperate Housewives
Title Year Credit Notes
"Thank You So Much" 2006 Writer
"Sweetheart, I Have to Confess" 2006 Writer, with Josh Senter
"Beautiful Girls" 2006 Writer, with Susan Nirah Jaffee
"God, That's Good" 2007 Writer, with Josh Senter
"Now I Know, Don't Be Scared" 2007 Writer, with Susan Nirah Jaffee
"Opening Doors" 2008 Writer, with Jordon Nardino
Eli Stone
Title Year Credit Notes
"The Humanitarian" 2008 Writer, with Wendy Mericle
"Two Ministers" 2008 Writer, with Wendy Mericle
Mad Men
Credit Notes
"My Old Kentucky Home" 2009 Writer, with Matthew Weiner
"Wee Small Hours" 2009 Writer, with Matthew Weiner
"The Beautiful Girls" 2010 Writer, with Matthew Weiner

Halt And Catch Fire

Title Year Credit Notes
Play With Friends 2015 Writer, with Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers
The 214's 2014 Writer, with Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers, Zach Whedon and Jamie Pachino
Adventure 2014 Writer, with Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers and Jamie Pachino

American Odyssey

Title Year Credit Notes
Drop King 2015 Writer, with Adam Armus, Nora K Foster and Peter Horton

Mrs. America

Title Year Credit Notes
Mrs. America miniseries 2020 Creator


  • Between Movements (2012)[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Dahvi Waller". The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society. The Montreal native earned her B.A. in History from Princeton University
  2. ^ Elizabeth Lumley. Canadian Who's Who 2003. University of Toronto Press. p. 1405.
  3. ^ Gregg Mitchell & Sherry Goldman (2009). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  4. ^ "Writers Guild Awards - 2010 Awards Winners". Writers Guild of America. 2010. Archived from the original on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  5. ^ Kehe, Jason (February 15, 2012). "The Spotlight: Dahvi Waller on 'Unscreened' at the Lillian Theatre". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 27, 2012.

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