Pearl Cleage

Pearl Cleage

Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer who is currently Mellon Playwright in Residence at the Alliance Theatre. Her works include Flyin' West, Blues for an Alabama Sky, What I Learned in Paris, The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years, Tell Me My Dream, A Song for Coretta, and Late Bus to Mecca. She is also the author of eight novels including What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day. She and her husband, writer Zaron Burnett , Jr., are also the authors of We Speak Your Names, a poem commissioned by Oprah Winfrey. Pearl is currently at work on a new play commissioned by the Alliance.

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  • A Ritual for the Alliance Theatre at Almost Fifty Pearl Cleage
    Playwright Pearl Cleage shares her ritual at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Alliance Theatre’s new theatre space on March 30, 2017.
  • Rage in Context Pearl Cleage
    Play recommendations from playwright Pearl Cleage for contextualizing the current anger felt by many Americans.
  • Pearl Cleage: Making a Life in the Theatre Morgan Mims, Pearl Cleage
    Playwright Pearl Cleage discusses growing up in a politically active family, the challenges faced by actors and directors of color, and the need for truth in theatre.
  • Oh, the Feels! Or, What Is the Collision Project? Anne Towns
    Anne Towns shares an overview of the Alliance Theatre Collision Project.