The Association of Theatre Movement Educators is the premiere organization
of and for theatre practitioners who specialize in physical training.

 

About Us

ATME has a rich history of advocating for theatre teachers and practitioners who specialize in physical training. Learn more about our mission, history, founders, and officers here.

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November’s Featured Members

Each month we feature four ATME members.
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Sonya Smith

Featured Member:

Sonya Smith


After ten years dancing professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area, both on the ground and in the air, Sonya returned to the academy to pursue an MFA in Dance from CU Boulder. She is the first MFA candidate on the Aerial Dance Track, with research including aerial pedagogy, including somatic applications to aerial dance; gender in aerial performance; and historical and aesthetic roots of aerial dance. Smith’s choreography for dance, theater productions and film has been presented in Portland, Kansas City, and San Francisco, and Boulder, often combining aerial apparatus, props, modern dance and contact improvisation. In her time in San Francisco between she was honored to work with incredible Bay Area artists including, Zaccho Dance Theater, Lizz Roman and Dancers, Project Bandaloop, Dance Brigade, Rapt Performance Group, Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions, and Eat Cake Productions. In Colorado she has worked with Gesel Mason Performance Project, Michelle Ellsworth and Kim Olsen's Sweet Edge. In the Bay Area and in Colorado her theater work includes roles in Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses (Aphrodite and others), Macbeth (Lady MacDuff), Singin' in the Rain (diction coach and featured dancer), Cinderella Enchanted (featured aerialist) and Peter Pan (Liza and others). As a member of the Board of Directors, she coordinated construction of CounterPULSE’s new theater space in the SOMA district of San Francisco. Her work continues to be a fiscally sponsored project of CounterPULSE. Smith obtained a BA in Biology, with a minor in dance, and began dancing professionally in Minneapolis, before moving to Portland, OR, and finally the Bay Area.

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Anne James

Featured Member:

Anne James


As an Associate Professor of Voice and Movement at California State University, Fullerton, Anne James offers over 25 years as a professional “working” actor in theatre, television, film and commercials in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the regions. She combines this professional experience as a performer with secondary specializations in voice/speech/movement, comedy, character transformation, physical theatre, and period styles. Previous teaching assignments include Rutgers University School of Mason Gross, NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Loyola University New Orleans, Marymount Manhattan College, The Neighborhood Playhouse, and South Coast Repertory. Anne is co-creator of the Vocal Health & Safety program at Disney Entertainment Productions and serves as a corporate performance consultant to business professionals. Acting credits include: Television and Film: “Law & Order SVU” (Recurring-5 seasons), “90210”, “Amelia’s 25th”, “No Names”, “Ed”, “Spin City”, “Guiding Light”, “Double Platinum”, “Good Bye Miss Fortune”, “Tennessee In the Summer” (BBC), “Generations”, “Flatliners”. Theater: W.P.A (Off-Broadway), Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse. Comedy/Improv/Sketch: Caroline’s Comedy Club, Upright Citizens Brigade, Chicago City Limits. Anne is also an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voice Work and a Certified Yoga Instructor. The integration of both of these disciplines allows her to bring a wellness and physical conditioning component to all of her classes. She also serves as a Student Mental Health Faculty Liaison at CSUF. Professional associations include: SAG/AFTRA, AEA, the Voice and Speech Teachers Association (VASTA), and the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME). A native of California, Anne received her M.F.A. from UC Irvine and a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton.

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Jeff Mills

Featured Member:

Jeff Mills


Jeff Mills is an actor, movement artist, director, teacher and musician. Jeff holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, CO and he best known for his work with the award winning BOXTALES Theatre Company in Santa Barbara. As a core member of BOXTALES, Jeff co-created ten original works in as many years including his direction of OM: An Indian Tale of Good and Evil (The Ramayana) and his portrayal of Odysseus in The Odyssey. Jeff and BOXALES have toured their innovative theater for young audiences throughout the U.S. and in Mexico. Nationally and internationally, Jeff has acted with the Denver Center Theater Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, American Folklore Theater, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Door Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Shakespeare Festival, Wooden O Theater, the International City Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Pominencer Census (Munich,) the Estudia Busqueda de Pantomima Teatro (Guanajuato, MX) and Theater Mitu/Visthar Center (Bangalore, India.) In Santa Barbara Jeff has acted and/or directed with several companies including PCPA Theaterfest, Shakespeare Santa Barbara, Speaking of Stories, Genesis West, Dramatic Women, Lit Moon Theater, Santa Barbara City College, and the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice. In 2004 Jeff appeared on a thirty foot screen as Tristan in Bill Viola's and Peter Sellars' production of the opera Tristan and Isolde which was performed at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Opera National in Paris and the Lincoln Center in New York. Some favorite recent rolls include Macbeth, Edward in Henry VI part 3, Carlotta in the Cherry Orchard and Hamlet in Lit Moon's Hamlet (which is touring to Beijing in October 2014 and Macedonia and Albania in July of 2014.) Directing credits include Mary Zimmerman's Arabian Nights, Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, the Trojan Women, Piezoelectric Love: The (half) Life of Marie Curie (a piece conceived and co-devised with playwright Valerie Slitor) Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Comedy of Errors and The Tempest. Jeff is currently working with his new company Proboscis, creating original works of mask and physical theater exploring Science, Shakespeare, Vaudeville and other flights of fancy. Proboscis is currently developing an ensemble puppet piece about Federico Fellini entitled La La La Strada. He also produces and co-creates a podcast/radio variety program called Live from the Piano Kitchen which can be downloaded from Itunes! Jeff currently teaches movement and acting at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Gene Gibbons

Featured Member:

Gene Gibbons


Gene teaches theatre at Concordia University.

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