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.

This program is in partnership with Theatre Bay Area in San Francisco. Since their 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.

Applications for the Spring 2016 round of ATLAS for actors are available here and are due online by 5:00 p.m. on December 22,2015. 

Note: All actors participating in the Spring 2016 round of ATLAS for actors are guaranteed a spot in the 2016 All City Audition. More information on the 2016 All City Audition available 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 San Diego Area Theatre Scene
  • Union Presentation
  • Life as an Individual Artist
  • All-Star Q & A 
  • Time Management/Connecting to What Motivates You
  • Taxes for Individual Artists
  • 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)


Schedule for 2016 ATLAS for Actors

Nov. 15, 2015: Applications available
Dec. 22, 2015: Receipt deadline for ATLAS application
Jan. 4, 2016: Results of applications emailed    
Jan. 8, 2016: 2nd installment due (if applicable)
Jan. 22, 2016: 3rd installment due (if applicable)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: ATLAS Sessions TBD
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: ATLAS Sessions TBD
Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, 6:00-10:00 p.m.: ATLAS Sessions TBD
Monday, Mar. 7, 2016, 6:00-10:00 p.m.: ATLAS Sessions TBD
Monday, Mar. 28, 2016, 9:00-4:30 p.m.: 2016 All City Audition (more information here)
Monday, April 18, 2016: Receipt deadline for TITAN application
June, 2016: TITAN Award winners announced

Don't delay! Apply today!


• 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!