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 theatre by providing them with space, time, and resources.
- To influence the working environment of theatres by embedding playwrights in them.
- To help the field (including other funders) understand the value of embedding playwrights in theatres.
- To work toward an ideal of having writers become salaried employees of all theatres.
Fourteen playwrights are salaried staff members in residence for three years at fourteen theatres in eleven cities. The inaugural Residency cohort is as follows: