The cast of the 2012 production of The Wizard of Oz. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Artistic 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 AwaySister 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’sAida. 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 Beeand 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'sThe 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

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.

Find out about how casting at the Alliance works and how to find out about upcoming auditions.

Guidelines for submitting scripts for evaluation and consideration by the Alliance Theatre

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To mark the end of the Alliance Stage as we know it, and to welcome the new era with the start of the big renovation, Pearl Cleage, our Mellon Playwright in Residence, wrote a piece to commemorate this special occasion.

As a spunky gal in touch with nature in the kingdom of Kashoogie, India S. Tyree portrays a unique Cinderella in the world-premiere production of Cinderella and Fella. In between performances, India took a few minutes to give us the inside scoop on her role in the musical.

A quick glance at Magic Negro director Anthony LeBlanc's resume reveals a robust string of achievements likely to be the envy of any comedian in the business. One particular credit to his name may cause others to take pause: a Computer Science and Physics B.S. degree.

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