Writer will participate in artistic life of the theater

Suzan-Lori Parks is the first playwright to fill the Public Theater’s Master Writer Chair, a position launched with a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Parks, who picked up the 2002 Pulitzer for her play “Topdog/Underdog,” takes up a full-salaried position at the Public to participate in the artistic life of the theater and to pursue creative projects. As part of the post, scribe also will be a visiting arts professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as of Nov. 1.

Residency is a component of the ongoing Public Writers Initiative, of which Time Warner is a founding sponsor.

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