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ATLAS (Advanced Training Leading Artists to Success) gives actors, directors, and playwrights invaluable tools to develop their career plans and offers a limited number of grants for implementation of these plans.

Since the program's inception in 2008, ATLAS has trained hundreds of theatre-makers in crucial career skills such as time management, goal setting and financial matters. In 2013, the program offered its first round of training to playwrights, complementing existing programming for actors and directors. Each round typically contains 20-40 artists.

The ATLAS program is designed to meet the needs of theatre artists wishing to go from "Point A" to "Point B" in their careers—wherever their "Point A" might be. In other words, this is intended for all artists: emerging and mid-career, as well as established artists looking for something new in their careers



Dates for ATLAS: 

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Self Care for The Actor
Personal Goal Setting
Career Mapping

Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Time Management
Maintaining Training for the Actor

Monday, March 9th, 2020
Navigating Your Life as an Artist
Taxes for the Artist

Monday, March 16th, 2020
Marketing Yourself as an Actor
Overview of the Actor




ATLAS Actors and Directors Class of 2019

Dyana Diaz, Marcus Peterson, Margaret Grace Hee

ATLAS Actors Class of 2019

Denise Tyrrell, Elaine Jennings, Patricia Westerfield, Lauren Andrei Garcia, Camilla Leonard, Ashley Jaye, Kristin Hall, Joshua Selesnick, Steven Samp, Cheryl Games, Noe Flores, Gabriel Stephens, Marsha van Broek, Marie Sadd, Joyce Domanico-Huh, Emily Schmeichel-Frank, Kovak Williamson, Charlotte Christien, Earl Alfred Paus, Stacey Winn, Perry Fenton, Ciclady Rodriguez, Rahel Zeleke, Juliet Evens, Anna Joham, Natasha LaGrone, Will Livingston

 ATLAS Directors Class of 2019

Lana Palmer, Kieran Beccia, Polina Smith, Kunal Prasad, Kayla Kaufman



Schedule - Part 1 (Actors and Directors)

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019:

 9:00-11:30am     Session #1: Orientation/Meet and Greet for ATLAS participants
 11:30am-12pm  Lunch 
 12pm-1:30pm     Session #2: Setting Goals (Velina Brown)
 1:30-2:00pm  Peer Time/Closing

Saturday, March 2, 2019:

9:00-9:30am Opening
9:30-11:00am Session #3: Career Map (Dale Albright)
11:00-11:30am Lunch 
11:30-1:00pm Session #4: Time Management (Morrie Warshawski)
1:00-2:00pm Feedback/Peer Time


Schedule - Part 2 (Actors)

Monday, March 11, 2019:

6:00-6:30pm Opening 
6:30-8pm Session #5: Navigating Life as an Actor (Valerie Weak)
8:00-8:15pm Break
8:15-9:30pm Session #6: Overview of the Scene (Taylor Bartolucci,
Josh Marx, Josh Schell)
9:30-10:00pm Peer Group/Closing

Monday, March 18, 2019:

6:30-8pm Session #7: Marketing Yourself as an Actor (Meryl Shaw)
8:15-9:30pm Session #8: All Star Actor Q&A 
(Amy Lizardo, Sarita Ocón, Craig Marker,
Margo Hall)
Peer Group/Closing


Schedule - Part 2 (Directors)

Saturday, March 16, 2019:

9:30-11am Session #5: Career Development
(Daren A.C. Carollo, Ariel Craft, Dennis Lickteig, Mina Morita)
11:30am-1pm Session #6: Marketing Yourself as a Director (Ken Sonkin)
Peer Group/Closing

Saturday, March 23, 2019:

9:00-9:30am  Opening 
9:30-11am Session #7: Overview of the Scene (Jasen Jeffrey, Jeffrey Lo, Lily Tung Crystal)
11:30am-1pm Session #8: All Star Director Q&A
(Josh Marx, Christina Lazo, Jay Manley)
Peer Group/Closing


PAST TEACHERS AND SPEAKERS! — Click here or below to see bios!

Part 1 (Actors & Directors)


• 2018 ATLAS

ATLAS for Actors FAQs.

• ATLAS Manual Now Available for Purchase

Not available to do ATLAS in person but want to move your career to the next level?

 ATLAS (Advanced Training Leading Artists to Success) is now available to you to do at your own pace! Purchase a copy of ATLAS: Charting an Artist’s Career Map.

More details here! 

• About ATLAS

For an enrollment fee of $300, Theatre Bay Area's ATLAS instructors lead participating artists through 17 hours of training, networking and peer group work, intensive self-reflection and goal setting exercises. ATLAS also gives these artists information about the Bay Area theatre landscape and access to valuable feedback mechanisms for his/her work. 

ATLAS participants are guided through a process of writing a comprehensive plan for their own professional development, called a "career map." The purpose of the ATLAS work is to complete this map so that participants can identify the steps that they can take to move forward in their career. Additionally, all ATLAS participants will assemble their own advisory boards, made up of people they already know who can bring perspective to a particular part of their continuing career development.

Any ATLAS participant may choose to submit his/her career map for consideration for a Titan Award. The Titan Award, presented to up to three artists per round, provides each winner a small grant to help implement his/her ATLAS career map, as well as a year-long mentorship with a professional chosen by the Titan Award winner. Finalists for the Titan Award also receive a mentorship.

Training sessions in previous incarnations of ATLAS have included:
·      Personal Goal Setting
·      Overview of the Bay Area Theatre Scene
·      Union Presentation
·      Life as an Individual Artist (discipline-specific)
·      All-Star Q & A (discipline-specific)
·      Time Management/Connecting to What Motivates You
·      Peer Group Time
·      Career Map Overview (includes SWOT analysis, personal mission/values statement, goals for the next year, financial plan and advisory board and mentor identification)

Feedback mechanisms in previous incarnations of ATLAS have included:
·      Actors: Feedback from the auditors in attendance at the General Auditions
·      Directors: Feedback from a mock pitch session where they pitch their dream show to a panel of local artistic directors and other directors
·       Playwrights: Feedback on a submitted script and interview with theatre professionals.

Bryan Munar

(415) 430-1140 ext. *16