Alliance Theatre in Atlanta

Hailed as ‘Atlanta’s National Theatre,’ the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre continues to thrive by delighting audiences and engaging the local community with its performing arts culture.

Located in Midtown Atlanta, Alliance is part of the Robert W. Woodruff Art Center. Since its first production in 1968, the theatre and proud winner of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award offers 10 shows annually in both the 770-seat theatre and its 200-seat Hertz Stage.

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History of Alliance Theatre

The non-profit professional regional theatre and school, the Alliance Theatre Guild, was established in 1968 alongside the theatre to promote volunteer support and encourage the craft. Alliance remains the leading producing theatre in the Southeast, reaching over 165,000 patrons annually.

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Alliance has premiered more than 100 original productions and launched Broadway musicals. Recent musical premieres include Sister Act: the Musical, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, Bring It On: The Musical, and Ghost Brothers of Darland County by John Mellencamp and Stephen King.

Community Support

Alliance also supports writers by showcasing local artists throughout the community. The theatre also offers acting classes and drama camps. Over 80,000 students participate in the Alliance Theatre Acting Program and Education Department while the Theatre for the Very Young performs for infants and toddlers.

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Classes and Education

Alliance hosts three Early Learner classes for ages, a free Family Storytime, and a Sing-a-Story, for children age three to five. Also, intro to Acting, Improv, and Musical Theatre classes are available for kids from kindergarten to high school.

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The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Alliance’s programs for leadership in art education.

Growth of Alliance Theatre

With the leadership of artistic director Kenny Leon in 1988, the company began a period of growth, attracting a larger Black audience. In addition, under Leon’s direction, the company produced a production of the musical The Color Purple.

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The theatre has Audience Interaction Guidelines with the goal of affording the audience a way to share their thoughts, suggestions, and love of theatre. However, the policy has no tolerance for hateful slurs or offensive language of any kind.

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Schedule and Performances

Check with the website for the theatre’s must-see entertainment venue this season and its year-round class schedules.

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