Palefsky Collision Project


For three weeks each summer, the Alliance Theatre assembles a diverse group of teenagers to "collide" with a source text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director.  

For the first two weeks of this dynamic project, ensemble members unpack the source text, engage in an intensive series of theater workshops with guest artists, converse with subject matter experts, and express their unique reflections upon these experiences through daily creative writing exercises.  These reflections are then woven together to create a new piece of theater inspired by the source text, but perceived through the ensemble's utterly unique and contemporary prism.  The third and final week of the program includes a rigorous rehearsal process that culminates with final performances at the Alliance Theatre.

For over 20 years, the Palefsky Collision Project has empowered teens to create theater, for and about themselves, as collaborative, creative, and confident young artists.

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Palefsky Collision Project Summer 2023

The 22nd annual Palefsky Collision Project will explore Something Moving: A Meditation on Maynard by Pearl Cleage, Distinguished Artist in Residence, Alliance Theatre. Commissioned by Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, this play will be produced as the centerpiece of our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Maynard Jackson's election as the first African American Mayor of the City of Atlanta in 1973.

The program will convene on the following dates:
Week 1: Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 2023
Week 2: Monday, July 17 - Thursday, July 20, 2023
Week 3: Monday, July 24 - Saturday, July 29, 2023

The application process for the summer 2023 Palefsky Collision Project is now closed.  

The application process for summer 2024 will open in January 2024.  Please return to this page for updates. In the meantime, rising 11th grade, 12th grade, and post-secondary students are encouraged to learn more about the program by attending a summer 2023 performance.

2023 Performances

The 2023 Palefsky Collision Project performances were Friday, July 28 at 7pm and Saturday, July 29 at 2:30pm.

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This experience is free to all participants through generous support from Howard and Victoria Palefsky


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