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July 31st-August 1st, 2021

3 Events to celebrate and support AWP!



3 Events

40th Anniversary Gala
2-5pm Sat. July 31st, 2021
Hors d’oeuvres, dancing, Spirits, live entertainment, vintage AWP videos, auction and reunion!


Alumni Improv & Cabaret Show
8pm Sat. July 31st, 2021
AWP Alum will take the stage to entertain! Desserts, Spirits and reconnect with AWPeeps!


AWP’s NOW Generation Party
3-5pm Sunday, August 1st, 2021
Tweens/Teens Dance Party. DJ, Games, Party Favors, Pizza, Munchies & Fun

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Events are subject to change to fit the safest COVID-19 protocols at the time of the 40th Anniversary. Our number 1 goal is safety and the well being of our incredible AWP family!

In-Person and Virtual ticket packages coming soon!

Sydney Kowalske


Even at her young age Sydney has worked in the Industry for years. Her feature film debut, Blue Bayou from Focus Features, recently premiered at the 2021 Cannes film festival. In the film she plays Jessie LeBlanc opposite writer/director Justin Chon and Alicia Vikander. She was also featured at Cannes 2021 in the
short film (Dis)Connected produced by Atlanta Workshop Players. Sydney can also be seen in the hugely popular HBO Max series Doom Patrol as Clara Steele and Lifetime’s Girl in the Basement as Young Marie Cody.


Sydney's hobbies include making her own movies at home, singing Broadway tunes, dancing, art, reading and traveling/exploring. She loves animals of all kinds, especially her dog Jerry who is a black lab/retriever.

Johanna Braddy


Johanna Braddy is best known from playing “Shelby Wyatt” on QUANTICO, and “Anna Martin” on season 1 of UNREAL. She was recently seen on the big screen in Autumn McAlpin’s MISS ARIZONA, and in her second collaboration with filmmaker Will Bakke in THE GET TOGETHER alongside musician Shakey Graves. She recently wrapped production on the independent feature SAVING PARADISE opposite William Mosely.

Rick Estimond


Rick Estimond is the President at People Store. He joined the People Store team in 2009, after graduating from Georgia State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism/Public Relations. In 2011, under the tutelage of his mentor and predecessor Jen Kelly, Rick successfully took over the Commercial and Industrial departments. Rick has a great appreciation for the arts. As a child he was fortunate enough to study acting, music, writing, dance, and more at the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rick's finds great joy in helping actors achieve their dreams, and is very proud to represent the best talent in the Southeast.

The Atlanta Workshop Players

Celebrate 40 Years Producing Socially Responsible Performing Arts

July 31st-August 1st


40 years of watching tens of thousands of amazing, brilliant kids evolve into socially responsible citizens of the world…and that is exactly what they are doing! Using their “ART” for good! I (Lynn Stallings, Executive Director) learned A long time ago that if you can teach people to hate, you can certainly teach people to love…So that is what AWP set out to do 40 years ago and we will never Stop. This amazing journey goes forth! The ripple effect is real. Send the “Awesome“ out and it will ripple into a multitude of lives!  


The Reunion weekend will gather AWP alumni: TV/Film Personalities, Network Executives, Casting Directors, Agents, Producers and Directors and Friends together to reminisce and celebrate a very special, shared time of life.  The celebration will honor AWP’s new partners in creativity and children’s causes and to raise funds to make it possible for thousands more to experience the performing arts in a joyful, non-competitive, meaningful, socially conscious way through scholarships and powerful productions. Celebrating ‘Art With A Purpose’!

Gather to celebrate the profound impact The Atlanta Workshop Players has had on a multitude of lives and to raise awareness and the necessary funds to continue and expand this powerful work.  AWP’s future holds the production of an important feature film addressing bullying.


What AWP Needs:

$25,000 Sponsorship for the 40th Anniversary Event.

$100,000 To Support AWP Scholarships and Socially Responsible Programming 2021-2022

At AWP, everyone  is surrounded by creativity, joy and acceptance, whether they come from a life of privilege or one of hardship.  All of AWP’s programs are designed to instill important life-lessons. AWP is there as the shy kid blossoms in an acting class;  when the child that is constantly picked on finally finds acceptance and confidence; when the bully discovers that life is more fun when you treat people well;  when the seasoned performer gets that big break; and when a student finally realizes that they ‘matter’!



Student Spotlight (age 15)

Going to AWP’s movie camp was a decision that changed my life. I truly wanted to be on the big screen but when I was 8 years old I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac disease & hypothyroidism so from a young age I was battling depression and anxiety and when Covid hit it drove me into a very dark state of mind. AWP worked their magic and brought me out of my dark thoughts and mindset. They truly made me feel safe, wanted, and stretched my love for acting more and more. We made a movie called, “(DIS)CONNECTED”, that gave a highly accurate example of how kids feel during this pandemic, expressing the struggles of having a parent on the frontlines and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement to bring about social change. This film gave me a ‘voice’ and opportunities. AWP gave me the confidence to put myself out there.  Keep in mind, I barely spoke a word at school freshman year. I can confidently say that I don’t think I would be here physically and mentally if it wasn’t for Atlanta Workshop Players. AWP gave me a second family and lifelong friends.

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