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! The Palefsky Collision Project takes place with the support of the Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with Howlround.

The Truth Matters, how it works from Alliance Theatre Teaching Artist, Patrick McColery

The 20th Anniversary Palefsky Collision Project (July 2021)

The 2021 Palefsky Collision Project will explore Marvin Gaye's legendary album, What's Going On, and will convene on the following dates: 

Week 1: Monday - Friday, July 12 - 16, 2021
Week 2: Monday - Thursday, July 19 - 22, 2021
Week 3: Monday - Friday, July 26 - 30, 2021
Performance: Saturday, July 31, 2021 

There is no program fee to participate in the Palefsky Collision Project.  Additionally, participants who complete the program earn a $250 stipend.

How to apply: 
1. Sign up for a 15-minute Interview here
2. Complete the Interview Information form here  

Program format: 
The Alliance Theatre is deeply committed to supporting emerging artists and is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19.  A decision regarding the Summer 2021 program's format (in-person, virtual, or hybrid model) will be announced later this spring.  Applicants may indicate format preferences on the Interview Information form.

Trailers:

The Palefsky Collision Project Trailer 2017
The Palefsky Collision Project Trailer 2014

In the News:

Fox 5 Atlanta Segment 2020
WSB-TV: Collision Project gives students new platform

Full Performances:

Dear Dr. King: Uncertainty in the Air - 2021
Dangerous Talk: A Back Then Journey to the Right Now -2020
We Are the Future - 2019
Promise - 2018
Our Day’s Gonna Come: An American Freedom Song - 2017
 

For more information, call 404.733.4700 or email collision.project@alliancetheatre.org.

Save the Date! The 20th Anniversary Palefsky Collision Project Performance will occur on Saturday July 31, 2021

Promise
Based On: Our Town
Guest Artist: Michael Rhod
Director: Rosemary Newcott & Michael Rohd
Workshop: September 2001 – April 2002
Script Development: August 2002 – August 2003
HS Production Tour: February 2004

We Are Antigone 
Based On: Antigone 
Guest Artist: Tammy Ryan
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Workshop: Summer 2003
Script Development: July 2003 – August 2004
HS Production Tour: April 18 – May 2, 2005

Defy You, Stars
Based On: Romeo & Juliet
Guest Artist: Lauren Gunderson
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Workshop: Summer 2004
Script Development: July 2004 – August 2005
HS Production Tour: April 12 - 26, 2006

The True Chronicle History of Hip Hop Lear (or the King of Blingland and his three daughters )
Based On: King Lear
Guest Artist: Oyamo
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Workshop: June 13 – July 2, 2005
Script Development: July 2005 – August 2006
HS Production Tour: February 5 - 16, 2007

17
Based On: Death of a Salesman
Guest Artist: Chay Yew
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Workshop: June 12 – 30, 2006
Script Development: July 2006 – August 2007
HS Production Tour: Spring 2008

Memorabilia
Based On: The Glass Menagerie
Guest Artist: Ken Weitzman
Workshop: June 11 - 29, 2007
Script Development: July 2007 – August 2008
HS Production Tour: Spring 2009

Children of the Dream
Based On: “I Have a Dream” Speech
Guest Artist: Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Workshop: June 30 – July 18, 2008
Script Development: July 2008 – February 2009
HS Production Tour: Spring 2009

Around Atlanta on Eighty Dollars
Based On: Around the World in 80 Days
Guest Artist: Mark Valdez
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Workshop: June 29 – July 18, 2009
Script Development: July 2009 – February 2010
Production with HS Acting Ensemble: July 2011

The Short Story of Michael Fish
Based On: Cyrano de Bergerac
Guest Artist: Janece Shaffer
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Workshop: June 28 – July 17, 2010
Script Development: July 2010 – June 2011

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: an inside/outside improvisational collaboration
Based On: The Declaration of Independence
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Rosemary Newcott
Workshop: June 27 – July 17, 2011

Wish You Were Here
Based On: It's a Wonderful Life
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: June 25 – July 14, 2012

Long Time Coming
Based On: Gettysburg Address
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: June 24 – July 13, 2013

Tom Joad's Blues: An American Odyssey
Based On: The Grapes of Wrath
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: June 23 – July 12, 2014

Troubling Our House
Based On: Inherit the Wind
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: June 29 – July 18, 2015

A Celebration in Search of Assumption: The Artist's Role in Wartime
Based On: Leaves of Grass
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: July 11 – July 30, 2016

Our Day’s Gonna Come: An American Freedom Song
Based On: MARCH
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: July 10 – July 29, 2017

From Grover's Corners to the ATL: A Journey of the Heart and Mind
Based On: Our Town
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: July 9 – July 28, 2018

We Are the Future
Based On: 1984
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: July 8 – July 27, 2019

Dangerous Talk: A Back Then Journey to the Right Now
Based On: White Rose by Kip Wilson
Playwright: Pearl Cleage
Director: Patrick McColery
Workshop: July 6 – July 25, 2020

Community Resources

Below are resources from partner organizations for further learning and ways to get involved in the continued fight for social justice. 

Breman Jewish Museum

  • Visit thebreman.org to learn about Atlanta Jewish history
  • Watch local survivor testimonies from the Bearing Witness program
  • Book a virtual tour with Rabbi Joseph Prass 

King Center 

VOX ATL

Anti-Defamation League Southeast 

  • Find out about their No Place for Hate program
  • Learn about the work to pass the recent Hate Crime Bill in Georgia in June 2020
  • Employ these Table Talks guides for conversation with your family about racism and law enforcement and other topics

German Consulate General Atlanta 

  • Watch a 6min video with the last remaining member of the White Rose, Traube Lafrenz, who now lives in South Carolina and is 100 years old

Georgia Commission on the Holocaust

  • educational page

Alliance Theatre

  • Explore how theater principles facilitate anti-bias learning in corporate, nonprofit and school settings through the Alliance Anti-Bias Training program

Explore White Rose

 

 

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