Celebrated Atlanta novelist and playwright Pearl Cleage has been named playwright in residence at the Alliance Theatre, a position she will hold through their 2015-16 season. The position was made possible by a new initiative from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will fund fourteen other playwright residencies around the country. From the Alliance's press release:
While Cleage has previously worked with the Alliance Theatre as Artist-In-Dialogue, this new position places her on staff at the Alliance and puts more emphasis on her playwriting. In addition to her writing, Cleage will be involved in audience engagement, season planning, mentoring young playwrights who participate in the Alliance's National Graduate Playwriting Competition, advising the Alliance's High School Collision Project, teaching advanced playwriting workshops, and serving as an artistic liaison to the Alliance's business leaders.
Other recipients include Melinda Lopez in Boston, Dan LeFranc in New York, and Andrew Saito in San Francisco. It was reported last year that Cleage was working with producers to adapt a number of her works for film.
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