What’s Playing at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival? I’m Glad You Asked.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival kicks off today and its ninth season promises to be better than ever. Taking place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC’s vibrant H Street neighborhood, the festival features over 100 performances between now and March 11th.

Urban Artistry performing at a past Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. Photo courtesy of festival staff.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

  • Over 100 offerings divided into the following categories: sound, movement, story, and family performances.
  • An expanded Youth Summit Initiative featuring a full day (March 10) of performances and a summit led by youths and young adults.
  • A partnership with the Kennedy Center to promote performances honoring Leonard Bernstein during the Leonard Bernstein Centennial.

Festival Director Heidi Hawkins tells DC Metro Theater Arts: “We are thrilled to host over 800 local performers who are presenting bold work that challenges perceptions and engages audiences.”

I asked Heidi what sets the INTERSECTIONS Festival apart from other DC arts festivals:

“We prioritize working artists in our community, and we are proud to say that 98.5% of the talent presented in the Intersections Festival are local working artists. We also take pride in offering opportunities to artists who are beginning their careers, as well as highly established artists. The tagline of our festival is ‘Where the Real World and the Art World Intersect’. We keep a finger on the pulse of the larger arts community, and seek to artistically connect to emergent themes.”

Check out the festival brochure for more information and performance details.




The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival runs through March 11, 2018. Ticket prices range from free to $30. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online.


DC Metro Theater Arts’ INTERSECTIONS Festival Coverage:

Preview: ‘That Part Is True’ at Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival by Guest Author

In the Moment: ‘Power and Lunch’ at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival by David Siegel

Interview: Monumental Theater Company’s Bridget Grace Sheaff and Gretchen Midgley on ‘Infinite Future: Bernstein’s Lasting Impact.’ by Julia L. Exline

Turning Trauma into Art: Amy Oestreicher on ‘Gutless and Grateful’ and PTSD in Theater by Darby DeJarnette

Interview: Alter Circus Members Zoe Stasko, Georgeanna Layton, and Jessica John Get ‘Hysterical’ by Chris Griffin

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Nicole Hertvik
A reformed child actor, Nicole got her BA in English literature before wandering the globe for a decade, writing and teaching English in Prague, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Paris. She eventually landed in NYC where she received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and dabbled in theater as an actor, script reader, and dramaturg. Thrilled by the strong and diverse theater community she discovered in Washington, DC, Nicole wakes up every morning excited to contribute to DC Metro Theater Arts and other publications. Nicole studied journalism at Georgetown University and was a 2019 fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute. Email: nicole@dcmetrotheaterarts.com, Instagram: @nicolehertvik, Twitter: @nicolehertvik, Facebook: Nicole Hertvik.