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!
Atlantic for Kids
She Persisted, The Musical (Virtual Production)
STREAMING THRU JANUARY 20, 2021
$5 PER SINGLE-VIEWER DEVICE | $20 PER FAMILY DEVICE
An awe-inspiring virtual production designed for our current times.
She Persisted, The Musical is BACK in an adventurous new digital format! Our New York Premiere may have been cut short due to Covid-19, but we persisted, reuniting our team against all odds — from New York to California, Tennessee, Kentucky and beyond. This winter, we’re thrilled to bring you an awe-inspiring virtual remount of last season’s Off Broadway Alliance Award winner for “Best Family Show”!
African Caribbean MixFest
A Reading Series Festival | Jan 19-29, 2021
MixFest, our annual free reading series exploring and celebrating the abundance of diverse stories in the theater, is BACK! Following Asian American MixFest in 2017, Middle Eastern MixFest in 2018 and Immigrant MixFest last year, we are delighted to announce African Caribbean MixFest, two weeks of readings of new work co-produced by playwright Guadalís Del Carmen and playwright, director and Artistic Director of the Young Vic Kwame Kwei-Armah!
Fall Reunion Reading Series
Skeleton Crew & Guards at the Taj
The Fall Reunion Reading Series brings original casts and directors back together to perform virtual readings of past Atlantic productions. While you cannot come to our stages for live theater, we’re excited to bring theater to you!
We are committed to connecting deeply and authentically with audiences from a broad range of economic backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and perspectives. To further that commitment particularly in light of the current health crisis, we’re offering this virtual series free of charge. However, reservations are required.
Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj premiered at Atlantic in 2015 with Tony-nominated actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed. Join the original cast as they return as Imperial Guards to the shadow of the newly-revealed Taj Mahal in 1648 India.
The series launches with Dominique Morisseau’s acclaimed Skeleton Crew featuring original cast members Jason Dirden, Wendell B. Franklin, Nikiya Mathis, and Adesola Osakulumi, along with Caroline Clay. Follow a makeshift family of auto workers as power dynamics shift and they are pushed to the limits of survival.
A Conversation between Rajiv Joseph & Amy Morton
November 8 | 3:00PM ET
Join Guards at the Taj playwright Rajiv Joseph and director Amy Morton for a conversation about their work, collaboration, and creative process.
“I’d almost forgotten what it’s like to be swept away. It felt amazing! Thank you. I needed this!”
– Nyree Washington
“Thank you so much for filling the hole in my life.”
– Audience Member
Technique Tuesdays | 5:30pm 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.
Intro to the Atlantic Technique, Practical Aesthetics
SEP 29 | 5:30-6:30pm ET
Atlantic Acting School Faculty member Sam Gonzalez 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.
August Wilson & the Atlantic Technique
oct 6 | 5:30-6:30pm ET
This workshop led by Atlantic Acting School Artistic Director Reggie D. White is a scene study class set to the words and worlds of prolific playwright August Wilson. We’ll explore two scenes using the Atlantic Technique, allowing us to unleash a spirit of openness, exploration and authenticity.
Tennessee Williams & the Atlantic Technique
oct 13 | 5:30-6:30pm ET
Live from Clarksdale, MS, the childhood hometown of Tennessee Williams, one of the most produced playwrights of all time! With Atlantic Ensemble member, senior Faculty, and Williams documentarian Karen Kohlhaas as your guide, you’ll dive into Williams’ Delta roots and watch actors interpret the poetic language and vivid depth of his characters.
Wrapping Up the Atlantic Technique: A Live Q&A
oct 20 | 5:30-6:30pm ET
With the tools of the Atlantic Technique 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. Sam Gonzalez and Karen Kohlhaas will bring it home by showing you how to consistently implement the technique in your acting choices, and will answer any closing questions you have.
Feel Good Fridays | Mar 17 - Sep 25
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”
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)!
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”
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.
“What is the function of art?”
This #FeelGoodFriday clip about the power of community – these days especially – is from our July 10 #WritersReflect edition of #LiveWithAtlantic with Lloyd Suh & Qui Nguyen.
“Change the world with your words”
Wise #FeelGoodFriday words today from Atlantic Ensemble member and award-winning actor Giancarlo Esposito!
“It’s gonna cost you something.”
Today’s #FeelGoodFriday is brought to you by playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis on #LivewithAtlantic last week, in response to the audience question, “Does writing these honest, brutal, incredible characters take a toll on you in the process?”
In this award-winning musical for young audiences, 4th grader Naomi encounters inspirational women throughout history. In your #FeelGoodFriday for this week, here is what Harriet Tubman tells her.
“Our Lady of Chains”
Live with Atlantic | May 22 - Aug 31 watch full series
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.
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).
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.
Monday, August 31 at 4pm ET
inside the ensemble:
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Featuring actor and fan favorite Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Da 5 Bloods).
A Kids Play about Racism learn more
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!