Parent Company

The Parent Company for The BAREFOOT PLAYHOUSE

Is The Atlanta Workshop Players Inc. (AWP)


AWP is a 501 © (3) non-profit, professional, family-friendly theatre company, performing arts school & Film School Conservatory that has enjoyed 33 successful years producing shows and touring Atlanta-area schools with educational and socially aware productions.  And producing movies and PSAs with socially responsible themes.

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The Atlanta Workshop Players strive to educate, challenge and inspire diverse young people through extraordinary theatrical productions and training, in a joyful, supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.

 Our motto is “Kids Changing The World One Audience At A Time”……and they do.  The work is important. 

AWP has created a unique world of theatre and performing arts camps where:

  • Everyone is welcome
  • Everyone has value
  • and everyone is surrounded by creativity, joy and acceptance.

One parent described AWP as a place that “makes love visible”.  It is truly much more than a theatre company.  AWP’s staff is fortunate to go along for the ride as the shy kid blossoms in an acting class;  when the kid 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,

AWP is there for the hugs & the tears and the laughter and the joy.  They get to experience life with the most amazing creatures on the planet.  Kids!!

Founded by Lynn and Don Stallings in 1981, AWP

Provides Scholarships and Socially-Responsible programs.  It trains performing artists & filmmakers, offers opportunities & launches careers but more importantly, it nurtures human beings and enhances communities. AWP empowers students to celebrate who they are. Building confidence and understanding, helps students realize that they can and will have an impact on their world.


lynn-stallingsLynn Stallings:  Founder & Executive Director of The Atlanta Workshop Players – Lynn is a producer, director, casting consultant and experienced talent manager in television and film.  She has performed in over 30 musicals and hundreds of commercials, voice overs, radio dramas, and talk shows. Lynn and her husband Don are published playwrights, writing for Stage and Television.

Lynn began as a professional dancer, studying with Luigi and the Martha Graham Company in New York City.  She also studied with Rowland Dupree in Los Angeles and the Dance Theatre Workshop in Chattanooga.  She was a featured dancer in the Bicentennial Ballet Company and performed in numerous concerts, musicals and revues.  Her theatrical training includes the University Theatre Program, the Academy Theatre, Theatre Atlanta and the Alliance Theatre School.  Lynn has taught at the University of Mississippi, Dance Theatre Workshop, the Alliance Theatre and is the founder and executive director of THE ATLANTA WORKSHOP PLAYERS professional theatre company. She is a published playwight and has written and produced 23 successful, family musicals.   Lynn is an acting coach and master teacher, as well as being a television, theatrical, commercial, and voice over talent.  She has performed in over 100 commercials, television shows, radio dramas and enjoyed the thrill of performing with elephants. She is an experienced Talent Manager and has been instrumental in launching many careers in film, television, and on Broadway.  Lynn is also a casting director and has directed and choreographed television commercials.

don-stallingsDon Stallings:  Don has performed to critical acclaim in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the Southeast.  He is a popular commercial talent and has enjoyed guest starring in television series such as “Savannah”, “In The Heat Of The Night”, and “Perfect Strangers”. He was the regular host of a children’s educational game show, entitled “Zoo Q” for public television.  Don performed nationally as a stand up comedian, including performing with Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon.  He has done leading roles in numerous plays and musicals throughout the Southeast.  Don is an experienced stage combat choreographer who received his training with the Society Of American Fight Directors.  He is also a  theatre instructor, producer, director and editor who writes, directs, shoots and edits independent and corporate projects each year.  He is a published playwright and has co-written educational video projects that are distributed in schools throughout the United States.  Don and his wife, Lynn direct The Atlanta Workshop Players Theatre,  Film School and Performing Arts Camp.