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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Alliance Theatre Announces Interview Opportunities for the Summer 2012 Collision Project with playwright Pearl Cleage

Alliance Theatre Announces Interview Opportunities for the

Summer 2012 Collision Project

Students participants will work with New York Times bestselling novelist and celebrated playwright Pearl Cleage in a two week creative process

Each summer, metro Atlanta teens spend three weeks working with an Alliance Artist, and a renowned playwright to create theatre for and about themselves by “colliding” with a classic text. Students explore ideas through participation in theatre games, writing exercises, improvisation, and more. At the conclusion of the project, participants will perform the work they have created for an audience of family, friends, Alliance Theatre staff, and members of the Atlanta artistic community. This year’s Collision Project will take place June 25th – July 14th (weekdays only).

The Collision Project is FREE and 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 and beyond! Space is limited to __ students.

What we are looking for: Rising 11th-12th graders and rising college freshman. Young people with heart, soul and a voice. The Ensemble of the Collision Project is made up of actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors, and techies. Anyone, regardless of experience is invited to interview to become a part of this project. As long as you have something to say and the desire to say it, we would love to meet you!

Collision Project Interviews
DATE: March 27, March 29 or April 11, 2012
TIMES: 15 minute interviews, 4:30pm – 8:00pm
WHERE: Alliance Theatre Education

Woodruff Arts Center, Memorial Arts Building, 3rd Floor

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

To schedule an interview, contact: Valetta Anderson, (404) 733-4701 or valetta.anderson@woodruffcenter.org

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About the Alliance Theatre

Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre remains closely tied to the cultural identity of Atlanta, growing as the city has grown. The theatre has gained national recognition and prominence as we have become a leading international city. In 1977, the Alliance merged with the Atlanta Children’s Theatre (founded in 1929) in order to include Atlanta’s youngest audiences in fully produced theatrical experiences. In 1979, the Alliance created the Theatre School (now the Acting Program and Education Department) in order to strengthen the relationship with our community. In 2007, under the leadership of Susan Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award®, in recognition for sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement.

Realizing that our audience and the national field supports plays developed in Atlanta, the Alliance has created a large body of new work. The Alliance produces world premiere American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring and subsequent regional productions. The theatre creates and nurtures the plays and careers of early career playwrights through the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition, providing a premiere for the winner as part of our regular season and national networking opportunities for four finalists. Locally based artists create work on a nationally watched stage, launching and sustaining Atlanta’s artistic community. Finally we create and produce original plays for young audiences at every age level: from the Collision Project which creates opportunities for high school artists to collide with classic texts to the ground breaking Theatre for the Very Young, creating interactive work for infants and toddlers.

The Alliance takes great pride in our multi generational educational programming. Believing that the same excellence found on our stage must be found in our education programs, the Alliance created the Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists. A collaborative partnership between the Alliance and partner schools, institute programs equip teachers with theatrical techniques that link directly to school curriculum, align with the Georgia Performance Standards, and increase student learning. These innovative programs include GA Wolf Trap, a nationally recognized professional learning program that focuses on literacy skills for children in pre-K – 2nd grade, Dramaturgy K-12, a unique program that empowers student scholars to create research material that both informs Alliance productions and prepares their peer audiences; and Collision Plus, which takes the creativity and collaboration of the Collision Project into our high school classrooms. The Alliance also offers community education, including classes for all ages and abilities of theatre interest; and adult student productions of unproduced plays in development (working with local writers and playwrights from the National Graduate Playwriting Competition). Twice recognized by the Federal Department of Education as leaders in the field of arts education, these programs reflect the Alliance’s commitment to city wide arts access.

The Alliance Theatre strives to set the highest artistic standards and create the powerful experience of shared theatre for a diverse audience. Above all else, we value excellence, pursued with integrity and creativity, and achieved through collaboration.

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