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 creative team.  

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 2024

The 23rd annual Palefsky Collision Project will convene at the Alliance Theatre July 8 - July 27, 2024. Directed by Sam Provenzano in collaboration with Maya Lawrence, Playwright, and Rodney Lamar Williams, Director of Artistic Mentorship, this year's piece will explore Amanda Gorman's The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country.

Program Dates 
  • Week 1: Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12
  • Week 2: Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18 (Friday Off)
  • Week 3: Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26
  • Performance: Friday, July 26 at 7 PM
  • Performance: Saturday, July 27 at 2:30 PM

The Alliance Theatre's Palefsky Collision Project performances are free and open to the public, with advanced registration required. Performances will take place in the Rich Theatre, located on the 1st Floor of the Memorial Arts Building at the Woodruff Arts Center (1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309). A check in table outside of the Rich Theatre will open 30 minutes prior to the performance, and doors to the Rich Theatre will open 15 minutes prior to the performance.

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


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