Palefsky Collision Project

Current Project

For the past three weeks, 21 extraordinary high school students gathered at the Alliance Theatre to explore and wrestle with the themes found in Lawrence & Lee’s classic play Inherit the Wind. From that experience, they created a singular and wholly contemporary theatrical event.  Come experience these young artists discover their voice and share it fearlessly on the Hertz Stage.

Written by participating high school students in collaboration with Alliance Playwright in Residence, Pearl Cleage
Directed by Patrick McColery
Gennifer Allen
Olivia Cappelletti
Emily Combs
Jada Dean
Khalel DeCastro
Alyssa Egelhoff
Delmar Fears
Sydney Graff
Jamila Gray
Samantha McMullen
Dito Montana
Meh Sod Paw
Reece Shelton
Erika Simmons
Alexandria Smith
Autumn Stephens
Kennedy Thedford
A.J. Thomson
Dequadray White
Jordon Whitehead

To RSVP, click a date below.
Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m.

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 theatre for and about themselves by “colliding” with a dramatic text, reinforcing the idea that theatre 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 theatre company, meet and collaborate with professional theatre artists, participate in an innovative creative process, and make great new friends from schools all over the metro area!

For more information call 404.733.4700 or email

Learn more about the next iteration of the Collision Project.

Complete list of each Collision script and its reference work.


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