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REUNION READING SERIES,
Technique tuesdays,
& more!

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!

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.


Skeleton Crew : A Reunion Reading

Young students singing

october 22-24

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.

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Guards at the Taj : A Reunion Reading

Young students singing

November 5-7

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.

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Live with Atlantic: Remix

A Conversation between Lynn Nottage & Dominique Morisseau

october 25 | 4:00pm ET

Following the Reunion Reading of Skeleton Crew, join Lynn Nottage (The Secret Life of Bees) as she interviews Dominique Morisseau about Skeleton Crew and her celebrated body of work.

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Live with Atlantic: Remix

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.

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Technique Tuesdays | 5:30pm ET

After a successful series in the spring, we are back with the second installment of #TechniqueTuesdays!

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.


Past Sessions:

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

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…

March 27

“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.

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APRIL 3

“Answer Me”

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.

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APRIL 10

“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.

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APRIL 15

“Live Big”

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.

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APRIL 17

“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.”

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APRIL 24

“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.

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May 1

“Stay Weird”

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!

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May 8

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

We didn’t realize how much we needed this. This #FeelGoodFriday is a centuries-old holiday hymn as performed by the radiant Kyle Beltran and the cast of Blue Ridge.

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May 15

“What do you love?”

The Secret Life of Bees returns to #FeelGoodFriday with this sweet scene and irresistible duet ‘What Do You Love?” between the show’s youngest duo, Zachary (Brett Gray) and Lily (Elizabeth Teeter).

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May 22

“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.)

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May 29

“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.

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June 26

“Empire state of mind”

“Empire State of Mind,” as performed by Atlantic Acting School’s Mini Musical students! The Atlantic Acting School kids are alright…

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July 17

“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)!

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July 24

“soldier on”

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.

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July 31

“BEAUTY SHALL LIVE”

We would permanently post this #FeelGoodFriday clip from our 2015 production of Guards at the Taj to our fridge if we could. Playwright Rajiv Joseph’s words uttered here by actors Omar Metwally & Arian Moayed ring extra true today.

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August 7

“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!

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August 14

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.

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August 21

“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.

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August 28

“Change the world with your words”

Wise #FeelGoodFriday words today from Atlantic Ensemble member and award-winning actor Giancarlo Esposito!

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September 4

“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?”

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September 11

“Haled’s Song About Love”

Because a love song with heart and humor *always* feels good… Today’s #FeelGoodFriday features The Band’s Visit‘s Ari’el Stachel, Daniel David Stewart & Rachel Prather.

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September 18

“hope”

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.

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September 25

“Our Lady of Chains”

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch and listen to the deeply powerful, deeply resonant end of Act 1 number from The Secret Life of Bees to mark the end of this #FeelGoodFriday series.

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Live with Atlantic | May 22 - Aug 31 watch full series

Creators’ Cut

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.

Composer’s Corner

Music soothes the soul. We’ve asked some of our favorite composers to play us their cut songs, brand new tunes, and old classics.

Writers Reflect

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.


PAST SESSIONS:

May 22

Creators’ cut:
Blue ridge

Join playwright Abby Rosebrock, director Taibi Magar & actor Marin Ireland for an intimate peek into the “making of” Blue Ridge.

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May 29

COMPOSER’S CORNER:
david yazbek

Featuring the composer of our award-winning production of The Band’s Visit, David Yazbek!

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June 26

Creator’s cut:
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!

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July 3

COMPOSER’S CORNER:
Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz

Featuring co-creators and composers of This Ain’t No Disco, Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz.

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July 10

WRITERS REFLECT:
Qui Nguyen & Lloyd Suh

Featuring playwrights and co-producers of our 2017 Asian American MixFest, Qui Nguyen & Lloyd Suh.

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July 17

WRITERS REFLECT:
Alice Birch & Simon Stephens

Featuring UK-based playwrights Alice Birch (Anatomy of a Suicide) & Simon Stephens (Bluebird).

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July 24

inside the ensemble:
Peter maloney & mary beth peiL

Featuring Ensemble members Peter Maloney & Mary Beth Peil.

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July 31

CREATORS’ CUT:
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

With creators of The Secret Life of Bees Susan Birkenhead, Sam Gold, Lynn Nottage & Duncan Sheik.

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August 7

COMPOSER’S CORNER:
Jeanine Tesori

Featuring Tony Award winning composer (and Atlantic artist in development) Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home).

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August 14

writers reflect:
eboni booth & joshua harmon

Featuring Juilliard classmates Eboni Booth (Paris) & Joshua Harmon (upcoming at Atlantic, The Bedwetter).

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August 21

INSIDE THE ENSEMBLE:
Giancarlo Esposito

Featuring legendary actor Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”).

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August 28

CREATORS’ CUT:
Halfway bitches go straight to heaven

Featuring playwright of Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven Stephen Adly Guirgis and director John Ortiz.

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Monday, August 31 at 4pm ET

inside the ensemble:
Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Featuring actor and fan favorite Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Da 5 Bloods).

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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!

Part Time Classes at Atlantic Acting School learn more

Hungry for more rigorous & comprehensive acting training? Dive into Atlantic Acting School’s renowned learn-by-doing approach with new part-time virtual fall programs for adults (18+) and kids/teens (4-18)!

Focus on your craft. Make connections. Keep Creating.