(Playwright, What I Learned in Paris
) is an Atlanta-based writer, currently Mellon
Playwright in Residence at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta where What
I Learned in Paris
opened the 2012-2013 Season.
include award-winning plays, bestselling novels, and numerous columns,
articles, and essays for a wide variety of publications including Essence,
Ebony, Rap Pages, Vibe, The Atlanta Tribune,
Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Her first novel, What
Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day
, was an Oprah Book Club
pick and spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
the author of thirteen plays, including Flyin' West
the most produced new American play in the country in 1994. Her Blues
for an Alabama Sky
was included in the 1996 Olympic Arts
Festival in Atlanta and will receive a 20th anniversary revival at the
Alliance in 2015. Her other plays include Chain; Late Bus to
Mecca; Bourbon at the Border; A Song for Coretta,
Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration
of Their First One Hundred Years.
She is the author of eight
novels, including Baby Brother's Blues
received an NAACP Image Award for Literature.
She is also the co-author
with her husband, writer Zaron W. Burnett, Jr., of We Speak
, a praise poem commissioned by Oprah Winfrey for
her 2005 Legends Weekend
. Cleage and Burnett are frequent collaborators, including their award
winning ten year performance series, Live at Club
featuring their work as writers and performance
Her new book of non-fiction entitled Things I Should
Have ToldMy Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs
was published by Simon and Schuster/ATRIA Books in April, 2014. Cleage
was chosen Cosby Chair in the Fine Arts by her alma mater, Spelman
College, in 2005, spent two years as a member of the Spelman faculty,
and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by the college in
2010. She is currently at work on a new play, Tell Me My
to premiere at the Alliance Theatre in their
2015-2016 Season, and a one-woman show based on her memoir.