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Meet Rebeca Robles of Atlanta Theatre Club in Old Fourth Ward

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebeca Robles.

Rebeca, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always considered myself an actor. I’ve put the time in training- from university to various conservatories and apprenticeship programs- and have spent years auditioning and sometimes booking. I love my field, but something I realized early on is that being an actor involves a whole lot of waiting– waiting for that audition, waiting to hear back from casting, waiting for that indie film to finally be released. I found myself always waiting on someone else to open that next door for me.

This past year, I returned to Atlanta after having spent a little time in NYC and was feeling stuck. Moving back meant starting from scratch- rebuilding relationships with industry professionals and re-establishing a name for myself in the community. It was going to take time and more waiting.

I had this moment where I realized I didn’t want to just be waiting anymore. I wanted to make things happen, not just for myself, but for the other young artists around me. I was an actor, but if I put the work in, I could also be a producer or a casting director or a writer or a costume designer, etc. So I decided to use that period of waiting and make something happen for myself, on my terms.

This led me to produce my first show in October of last year, “Blackbird” by David Harrower. I wouldn’t have been able to pull off this first production without the guidance of director Rebekah Suellau. We chose “Blackbird” because it doesn’t just have a strong, dynamic female protagonist. It has a strong, dynamic female protagonist who drives the plot, rather than just going along for the ride.

This then led me to create Atlanta Theatre Club through which I produced another female-driven play, Halley Feiffer’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City”. This project was directed by my longtime collaborator and friend, Jennifer Silver- who had also found herself stuck in the waiting game even after having studied directing at a prestigious graduate school. I owe much of the production’s success to her.

While waiting is an inevitable part of my field, I hope to continue driving my own career and creating opportunities for other young artists to do the same. I want to continue producing plays that give women artists something to sink their teeth into. I hope you will join us!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Each production has had its own challenges.

For me personally, the transition from being just actor to actor, producer, costume designer, props manager, marketing director was overwhelming– to say the least. I am thankful to have worked with incredibly supportive teams thus far who have been immensely patient and encouraging at every turn.

On a broader level, as a new company without a devoted base of patrons or subscribers, marketing has been our most significant challenge. Convincing people to come out to live theatre, and a theatre they have never heard of at that is difficult. We have found, however, that this gets a little easier with each production and that all of the paid advertisement in the world is never as effective as word-of-mouth.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Atlanta Theatre Club – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are an itinerant, female-driven theatre company producing contemporary work in and around Atlanta. We produce plays that are grounded in reality and relatable to our audiences in the present moment. We achieve this through careful play selection, intentional directing choices, and specific acting techniques.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We plan to continue producing contemporary plays and in the near future tackle a world premiere. We would love to have a hand in the generation of new work in the southeast and ultimately find a way to bridge the gap between the worlds of playwriting and screenwriting.

While currently itinerant, we are currently on the search for a permanent home for Atlanta Theatre Club. Stay tuned!

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Lola Scott, Corryn Lytle

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