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.

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Palefsky Collision Project Summer 2022

The next annual Palefsky Collision Project will convene on the following dates: 

  • Week 1: Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24, 2022 
  • Week 2: Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1, 2022 
  • Week 3: Tuesday, July 5 – Saturday, July 9, 2022 


Text: Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo

The application and interview window for the 2022 Palefsky Collision Project is closed.

MLK Day Virtual Performance: Dear Dr. King

Monday, January 17, 2022

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the young artists of the Alliance Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Palefsky Collision Project as they reimagine their 2021 summer performance What Makes You Think I’m Alone? A Meditation on Marvin, inspired by Marvin Gaye’s legendary album What’s Going On, through the lens of the letters to Dr. King. The performance is directed by Patrick McColery in collaboration with playwright Pearl Cleage.  

The 20th Anniversary Palefsky Collision Project

Directed by Patrick McColery in collaboration with Pearl Cleage, Playwright, the 2021 Palefsky Collision Project explored Marvin Gaye's legendary album What's Going On

Public performances on the Alliance Theatre's Coca-Cola Stage took place on July 30, 2021 and Saturday, July 31, 2021. 

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

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

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