Funded and administered by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the playwright residencies have four main goals:
- To advance the state of playwrights in the American theater by providing them with space, time, and resources.
- To influence the working environment of theaters by embedding playwrights in them.
- To help the field (including other funders) understand the value of embedding playwrights in theaters.
- To work toward an ideal of having writers become salaried employees of all theaters.
Fourteen playwrights are salaried staff members in residence for three years at fourteen theaters in eleven cities. The inaugural Residency cohort is as follows:
- David Adjmi at Soho Rep., New York, NY.
- Luis Alfaro at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR.
- Pearl Cleage at Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA.
- Marcus Gardley at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL.
- Nathan Louis Jackson at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO.
- Dan LeFranc at Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY.
- Melinda Lopez at Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA.
- Julie Marie Myatt at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA.
- Peter Sinn Nachtrieb at Z Space, San Francisco, CA.
- Aditi Kapil at Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis, MN.
- Kira Obolensky at Ten Thousand Things, Minneapolis, MN.
- Robert O’Hara at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC.
- Will Power at Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX.
- Andrew Saito at The Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco, CA.