The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival is a performing arts festival that presents work that impacts our society, culture, and world by informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining. INTERSECTIONS is about presenting excellent art that inspires a connected community, engages artists and audiences alike, and creates a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. We are interested in unique perspectives and art that connect us to the many facets of our humanity. The Atlas Intersections Festival presents artists that look to explore the ideas and issues of our time through their work.
All performing companies and artists are welcome to apply. Works previously produced are eligible. While artists/companies outside of the DC metro area may apply, strong preference is given to DC metro area artists and DC-based artists in particular. All artists must be eligible to work in the U.S. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is committed to nurturing an equitable home for artists that represent our diverse community and diverse artistic expressions. BIPOC artists and BIPOC-led arts organizations are encouraged to apply.
Artists/Companies are generally allotted one performance slot and all works should run between 60 to 75 minutes in length.
Works are selected based on artistic excellence, artistic merit, relevance to festival themes, innovation, collaboration, audience engagement, potential ticket sales, and marketing and administrative capacity.
Atlas covers the cost of the performance space, standard venue inventory, one tech rehearsal (length of rehearsal varies by space) and provides production support including a light board operator, sound board operator, and venue manager, along with house management, box office, and marketing.
Artists receive the proceeds from the box office less a percentage for the Atlas. The split of net box office sales is 50% Artist and 50% Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. Application Fees and Participation fees are waived for the 2022 festival year.
Artists and companies cover all “in the door” expenses (all performer fees and production costs) and a stage manager.
Please note, all companies/artists must provide a non-performing stage manager for tech and performance(s).
All artists agree to market and promote their performance(s) as described in the application, and partner and/or collaborate with the Atlas and the INTERSECTIONS Festival community of artists.
2023 Intersections Festival
Festival dates: FEBRUARY 18 – MARCH 26, 2023
Andrew Earle Simpson with Lucy Bowen McCauley and Dancers
Black Leaves Dance Company
Capital City Symphony
Capitol Movement, Inc
Capitol Tap and District Tap
Elements Dance Company
Erick Acuña Productions
Furia Flamenca Dance Company
Glade Dance Collective
Imagination Stage kraftwitch (John Moletress)
Mixtape Recital Series
Ney Mello & Erica Wang
Nomad Dancers and Raqs El Hob
Silk Road Dance Company
Smriti Krishnan, Disciple of Smt. Sheila Rubin
The Eternal Art Collective
The SAPAN Institute
Therese Gahl & Company
Tiny House Plays
Washington Women in Jazz
Word Dance Theater
Zaneta Z Artist
Jane Franklin Dance
Hundreds of musicians are presented at Intersections in nearly every genre of music. From GRAMMY® Winners to local artists and hometown favorites – everyone plays at Intersections and dance parties are encouraged.
Arts for Young Audiences is an important part of our family programming at the Atlas. Shows are dramatically unique. Each season, Atlas features programming presented by DC area organizations specializing in programming for young people including theater, music, puppetry, and dance. Generally, performances are designed for children ages 2-10 and are specified for each show. All patrons age 1 and above require a ticket. Family Fun Days are special programs offered during our annual Intersections Festival.
Family Fun Day
Saturday, March 11 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Calling all kids! Bring the whole family for youth-oriented performances and activities. Our lobby will be filled with music, performances, an instrument petting zoo, and a creation station offering crafts and coloring for kids and their grown-up friends.
Our Atlas Cafe will be open for purchase of yummy treats and delicious sips for all to enjoy. All Activities are family-friendly, age-appropriate, and FREE to the public
"Indelible", choreographed by Mariah Lopez Solonick. ICONS Choreographic Institute presented 7 world premiers at its "Thesis Dance Concert" on May 11 and May 12, 2019 at the Dance Loft on 14 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Jeff Malet)