- Creating characters that soar and sell
- The business of entertainment
- Networking the non-crazy way
- Branding yourself – marketing for actors/writers
- How to get started in the entertainment industry
- Latinos in Hollywood
- Navigating the film financing backlot
Marilyn R. Atlas represents actors and writers and is a producer as an award-winning producer and personal manager is equally at home in the worlds of film, television, and live theater.
Among her credits as film producer are Real Women Have Curves for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, A Certain Desire, starring Sam Waterson, and Echoes, which won the Gold Award at the 1991 Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/pay TV market, Marilyn has served as a production consultant on the film Call Me. She was also involved as a producer in the development of the MOW Nightwalker and Playing for Keeps.
In live theater, Marilyn co-produced the West Coast premiere of the musical God Bless You Mr. Rosewater by Ashman and Menken, writers of both Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the Beast.
She also co-produced the award-winning play To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, which was made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher. Her additional credits as a producer in live theater include Today’s Special and As I Sing.
Marilyn has served as Casting Director for feature films, including John Frankenheimer’s The Equals and The Whiz. She is a founding member of Women in Film’s Luminas Committee which supports the portrayal of women in non-stereotypical roles in film and television.
Along with director and actress Dorothy Lyman, Marilyn founded ADT, a director’s theatre, and served on its advisory board.
Marilyn is a member of NALIP, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
She has spoken at their Writers’ and Producers’ retreats, the DGA-sponsored LA Asian Film Festival, as well as various other symposia for the Sherman Oaks Experimental College, Santa Fe Screenwriters Conference, and Richard Krevolin’s USC Screenwriting Retreat covering such topics as: “Creating for the Actor: Carving Memorable, Inhabitable Characters” and “Ever-Evolving Marketplace: What’s Hot, Why and for How Long…” Marilyn has also taught several actor workshops on creating “Multiple Viewpoints – One Core” for actors as well as “Acting and Auditioning for Producers.”
She has spoken at the Texas Bar Association and was a guest lecturer at Whittier Law School.
Marilyn has spoken at various colleges, including Skyline, Stephens, and at the University of Texas – San Antonio’s Adalante Latino Film Festival. She has served as the professional-in-residence (in theater and film) at Ball State University, and was the guest speaker at the International Writer’s Conference at Hollins University.
She structured an accredited, intensive course at Skyline College in San Francisco covering the inception, development and promotion of a script in “The Business of Screenwriting: The Idea – and its Execution.”
Marilyn is working on a development slate that includes Lola Goes to Roma and Loteria. For television, she’s in development on the pilot MacArthur Park, first developed for Showtime, and recently sold the pilot Untitled Posse Project to ABC Family. She set up the MOW Bitterroot at the Hallmark Channel and Starz. Suburban Turban is set for late Spring 2009 production. She is also presently developing a musical adaptation of Real Women Have Curves with the Goodman Theatre in Chicago to be part of their Latino Festival in 2009.
In addition to Marilyn’s film/TV credits, she has sold the novels Chasing the Jaguar and Hungry Woman in Paris.
Marilyn is committed to projects that reflect diversity and portray non-stereotypical characters.