By Howard Pousner
Atlantan Pearl Cleage has been awarded a three-year residency by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand her work with the Alliance Theatre.
The playwright-novelist already is the Artist-in-Dialogue at the Alliance, where her credits have included “The Nacirema Society Presents…,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “Flyin’ West” and “What I Learned in Paris,” the world premiere that opened the current season. But as part of the Mellon Foundation’s initiative, she will join the full-time staff, with salary and benefits.
“I’ve been working in theater for a long, long time and there’s a moment when you kind get tired of being a gypsy — going from one theater and town to the next, always trying to find a place to develop something,” Cleage said Tuesday. “This gives me a place to really dig in and work with the other people there, and that’s great.”
The goal of the $3.7 million project, which will provide residencies to 14 playwrights nationally, is to