Palefsky Collision Project

What is the Palefsky Collision Project?

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. Through improvisational exercises, oral history, choreography, the individual performing talents they possess, and their writing, the teenagers create a new piece inspired by the classic text but perceived through their own utterly unique and contemporary prism. The Palefsky Collision Project affords teens a unique theatrical experience and gives them ownership of a performance at the Alliance. It also gives students validity – confidence in their talents, strength for the future, and power in their decisions.

Through this dynamic project, metro Atlanta teens create theater for and about themselves by “colliding” with a dramatic text, reinforcing the idea that theater can address their particular ideas and feelings.

The Palefsky Collision Project is a fantastic way to become a part of the South’s premiere regional theater company, meet and collaborate with professional theater artists, participate in an innovative creative process, and make great new friends from schools all over the metro area!

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The 2016 Palefsky Collision Project performances are now SOLD OUT. There will be a walk-up waitlist started 30 minutes prior to curtain with the house manager. First come, first served. 

Complete list of each Collision script and its reference work.


Moby Dick Photo

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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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