Pallas Theatre Collective is an ensemble committed to fostering the legacy and future of the American musical.
WHO IS PALLAS?
Pallas appears in Greek Mythology. The daughter of Triton, Pallas was raised alongside Athena, goddess of wisdom, courage, strength, and inspiration. She was Athena’s closest friend, and they often engaged in friendly fights and competitions. She was Athena’s equal and her favorite sparring partner. While Athena, goddess of wisdom, inspiration and the arts, may represent much of what we seek as working artists, her unpredictable nature is not for us. We are not the Athena Theatre Collective. We want to be more like Pallas, acting as a sounding board and sparring partner for working artists. Pallas Theatre Collective collaborates with artists and provides them with the opportunity to explore their work and find their perfect audience. We are here for anyone in need of a place to delve into his or her craft. Pallas herself is not a household name, but she helped Athena gain strength and recognition. In our theatre collective, we strive to emulate Pallas’ selfless spirit, her love, and her dedication.
Pallas Theatre was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Tracey Elaine Chessum. Committed to collaboration between scholars and practitioners, Pallas’s season layout (May-September) was created to provide theatre scholars with opportunities to work outside of the academic year, giving them more material for tenure applications and the like. Since its formation, Pallas has produced 17 staged readings of 11 new works (3 plays, 8 musicals), 4 musical productions (three world premieres, one regional premiere), and 7 plays. In 2016, Pallas Theatre Collective was named one of three nominees for The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the Helen Hayes Awards. Pallas Theatre is a proud member of theatreWashington.
Photographs by Teresa Castracane Photography, LLC and Pallas Theatre Collective