Darius de Haas, center, in the 2009 world premiere production of Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. Photo by Greg Mooney.

New play development

The Alliance Theatre is known for its national role in cultivating new voices through the Kendeda Graduate Playwright Competition, creating significant new theatrical works and launching productions to Broadway. Most recently, the Alliance launched Twyla Tharp's Tony-nominated Come Fly Away. Sister Act: The Musical played on London's West End in 2009. The Alliance also launched Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Elton John's and Tim Rice’s Aida. And, in a rare event for a regional theatre, the Alliance originated the national tours of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk.

Over the years, the Alliance has produced more than 40 World Premieres. Many of these projects have gone on to further productions in New York or our peer regional theatres, including Atlanta writer Janece Shaffer's Managing Maxine; Quiara Hudes's 26 Miles; Tarell McCraney's In the Red and Brown Water (part of the Brother/Sister plays); the adaptation of Carson McCullers's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; Atlanta writer Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky; and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
The Alliance Theatre has institutionalized its commitment to:
  • Develop and produce powerful new plays
  • Foster new playwrights
  • Strengthen the national theatre field by supporting the work of emerging writers
  • Establish Atlanta and its local theatres as key venues for launching original and compelling plays
  • Introduce Atlanta audiences to the country’s brightest playwrights

For three weeks each summer, the Alliance Theatre assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director.

Each year, the Alliance/Kendeda NGPC finds the best up-and-coming playwriting talent from the country's leading graduate playwriting programs. Find out about the competition, its history, and how to submit a play for consideration in the competition.


Moby Dick Photo

In an effort to cater to the busy theatre patron with the full schedule, here are five reasons why you should strongly consider spending an afternoon or evening on the Pequod.

Bill Nunn - Blues for an Alabama Sky

Alliance Theatre Playwright in Residence Pearl Cleage remembers her friend and colleague, actor Bill Nunn (Do the Right Thing, Spider Man), who starred as Sam in her world premiere production, Blues for an Alabama Sky.

The Alliance Teen Ensemble has the opportunity to see and review each production during the season. See their responses to "Ugly Lies the Bone."



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