live with atlantic &
feel good fridays
If anyone can make magic out of these trying times, it’s theater makers. With our team of endlessly creative and resourceful staff and faculty ready to make the most of this unprecedented situation, we’ve curated a few different digital ways for you to join us on this ride. Read on for all of the details, and no matter your background, we hope you’ll tune in!
Live with Atlantic | Fridays at 4pm ET
Watch-Party-meets-Master-Class. View selections from past Atlantic productions alongside the intrepid artists who built the world, and then stick around as they discuss transforming the work from a 2D page to the live stage!
Inside the Ensemble
The early days of Atlantic. Two Atlantic Ensemble members discuss the history of our company, and how their work has evolved since those early days.
Music soothes the soul. We’ve asked some of our favorite composers to play us their cut songs, brand new tunes, and old classics.
Conversations between smart people. A pair of playwright friends interview each other, sharing stories about their individual processes, and what it means to create while in isolation.
eboni booth & joshua harmon
Featuring Juilliard classmates Eboni Booth (Paris) & Joshua Harmon (upcoming at Atlantic, The Bedwetter).
INSIDE THE ENSEMBLE:
Featuring legendary actor Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”).
Halfway bitches go straight to heaven
Featuring playwright of Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven Stephen Adly Guirgis and director John Ortiz.
Plus! Monday, August 31 at 4pm ET
inside the ensemble:
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Featuring actor and fan favorite Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Da 5 Bloods).
Join playwright Abby Rosebrock, director Taibi Magar & actor Marin Ireland for an intimate peek into the “making of” Blue Ridge.
Featuring the composer of our award-winning production of The Band’s Visit, David Yazbek!
Guards at the taJ
Featuring the playwright behind our award-winning world premiere of Guards at the Taj, Rajiv Joseph, in conversation with actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed!
Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz
Featuring co-creators and composers of This Ain’t No Disco, Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz.
Qui Nguyen & Lloyd Suh
Featuring playwrights and co-producers of our 2017 Asian American MixFest, Qui Nguyen & Lloyd Suh.
Alice Birch & Simon Stephens
Featuring UK-based playwrights Alice Birch (Anatomy of a Suicide) & Simon Stephens (Bluebird).
inside the ensemble:
Peter maloney & mary beth peiL
Featuring Ensemble members Peter Maloney & Mary Beth Peil.
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
With creators of The Secret Life of Bees Susan Birkenhead, Sam Gold, Lynn Nottage & Duncan Sheik.
Featuring Tony Award winning composer (and Atlantic artist in development) Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home).
Feel Good Fridays
Every Friday, we post a #FeelGoodFriday clip from our archives to our social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), letting the art simply speak for itself. Enjoy our recent shares below, and maybe consider grabbing a tissue? These hit home…
“Walk On Reprise (Finale)”
The final number from our recent Atlantic for Kids production of She Persisted, The Musical, inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s book of the same name.
A selection from our 2016 World Premiere Production of multi-award-winning The Band’s Visit. The show went on to win 10 Tony Awards.
“I Will Always Love You”
A song selection courtesy of Ensemble member Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson, performed by Alex Newell, from our recent Couples’ Choice Gala.
BONUS! A short yet meaningful clip featuring Carla Gugino from our recent production of Anatomy of a Suicide, one of our two productions cut short by the outbreak of COVID-19.
“One Night Terpsichore”
Performed by the luminous Will Connolly at our 2017 Gala a year before the show’s World Premiere on our stage, this is a selection from This Ain’t No Disco. “You will be.”
“Hold This House Together”
Whoa! This #FeelGoodFriday is brought to you by the recent Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Musical: The Secret Life of Bees. Listen as Eisa Davis, LaChanze & Anastacia McCleskey sing this powerful number.
Enjoy this flashback from our 2014 world premiere of Found by Hunter Bell, Lee Overtree & Eli Bolin, based on the found books and magazines by Davy Rothbart!
“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
Tree or Stalin
In preparation for this afternoon’s #CreatorsCut featuring the creative minds behind this #TreeorStalin moment, we couldn’t help but share a bonus Blue Ridge. #FeelGoodFriday clip for a good laugh. (Laughing feels good, too.)
“Somewhere” from West Side Story
This #FeelGoodFriday, meet the 11th graders from our Park Slope Collegiate in-school Staging Success arts education residency program. Art takes courage and they inspire us.
“Didn’t it Rain” from Marie and Rosetta
We honor the Godmother of Rock ‘n Roll, the great Sister Rosetta Tharpe! Bow down to her (and to Marie Knight) and this A+ rendition of “Didn’t it Rain,” featuring Rebecca Naomi Jones & Kecia Lewis, plus Felicia Collins (guitar) & Deah Harriott (piano)!
“soldier on” from this ain’t no disco
Today’s #FeelGoodFriday features the piercing vocals of Samantha Marie Ware in “Soldier On” from our 2018 world premiere of This Ain’t No Disco.
“People don’t know how to merge” from Skeleton Crew
Laughing feels good. Happy #FeelGoodFriday from our 2016 Skeleton Crew (written by the great Dominique Morisseau & directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson), here featuring Jason Dirden, Lynda Gravatt & Nikiya Mathis!
A message for our atlantic acting school students
This #FeelGoodFriday goes out to all of our acting students who fearlessly jumped into the virtual deep end with us. Today, we celebrate you.
Technique Tuesdays | 7pm ET
A series of free hour-long acting workshops led by Atlantic Acting School Faculty. The Atlantic Technique, Practical Aesthetics, provides a disciplined approach to script analysis, working truthfully moment-to-moment, and bringing these competencies together in performance of selected material.
Stay tuned for more information about Technique Tuesdays!
1. Intro to the Atlantic Technique
April 21 | 7-8pm
Atlantic Ensemble member Scott Zigler will take you through the building blocks of Practical Aesthetics, the Atlantic Technique, as outlined in A Practical Handbook for The Actor. In this introductory workshop, you’ll develop basic technique, learning to articulate your understanding of text through compelling, playable actions.
2. The Atlantic Technique, Applied
April 28 | 7-8pm
Learn how to apply the Atlantic Technique with Jacquelyn Landgraf. Actors must think before they act, so they can act before they think. To perform with freedom, spontaneity and impulsiveness, you must prepare confidently. Actors will learn how to experience depth and specificity in their acting choices.
3. The Truth of the Moment
May 5 | 7-8pm
In this Acting Lab with Atlantic Acting School Artistic Director Reggie D. White, actors will learn how to make every moment feel sincere. Learning to recognize the truth of the moment is a radical, playful experience, driving home the idea that live performance is an irreproducible event.
4. Chekhov & The Atlantic Technique
may 12 | 7-8pm
By working actively on the integration of voice and movement, you’ll discover the visceral freedom and sense of play that brings Chekhov’s text to vivid life! With a personalized technique as your foundation and Anya Saffir as your guide, you’ll learn to interpret the great complexity and depth of character in Chekhov’s texts.
5. Shakespeare & The Atlantic Technique
may 19 | 7-8pm
This workshop led by Anya Saffir is both a scene study class, and an introduction to Shakespearean acting! Learn to use the Atlantic Technique and a spirit of exploration to find clarity, freedom, expressivity and a personal connection to Shakespeare’s text.
6. Wrapping Up The Atlantic Technique
may 26 | 7-8pm
With the tools of the Atlantic Technique, Practical Aesthetics, under their belts, actors can arrive at interpretations of a given text that are both personally meaningful and squarely rooted in the playwright’s intentions. Scott Zigler will take it home by showing you how to consistently implement the technique in your acting choices, and will answer any closing questions you have!
Part Time Classes at Atlantic Acting School
Hungry for more rigorous & comprehensive acting training? Dive into Atlantic Acting School’s renowned learn-by-doing approach with new part-time virtual spring programs for adults (18+) and kids/teens (4-18)!
Focus on your craft. Make connections. Keep Creating.
A Kids Play about Racism
Atlantic for Kids, with the leading support of Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Alliance Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre, is proud to partner with 41 Theaters for Young Audiences (TYA) nationwide to participate in a kids play about racism, a groundbreaking online educational performance for families adapted and directed by a beloved member of our artistic family, Khalia Davis!