The New Orleans Theater Network is a web of local performing arts organizations working together to support and grow through cross-promotion and collective advertising. The Network provides theater-makers an easy way to spread the word, and audiences an easy way to navigate upcoming performances.
The New Orleans theater scene is booming, with dozens of companies around the city presenting new and exciting shows, reviving classics, and creating unique theatrical events that speak to our community. Local companies have become nationally recognized: securing competitive grants, touring nationally and internationally, and offering local and visiting audiences a wide range of performances.
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The Anthony Bean Community Theater (ABCT) was established in Spring 2000 to meet the growing demands of New Orleans area residents seeking a quality, culturally diverse, performing arts venue. The theater also met the needs of individuals seeking to learn the art of acting, set design and theatre management. In recent years, ABCT has become a vehicle to enter New Orleans’ booming “Hollywood South” film industry.
ABCT believes that the arts have the power to transform people’s lives. Our Mission is simple: “to inspire those we serve through the magic of the arts.” The Hallmark of ABCT and that which separates us from “all the rest” is – diversity. ABCT proudly presents the most diverse theater schedule in the New Orleans area. Our programming fare includes, the classics; Shakespeare, August Wilson and Tennessee Williams as well as popular drama (Reflections and Misery), comedy (Jar the Floor, Steal Away), and musicals (The Color Purple, Simply Irma and The Phyllis Hyman Story). Most importantly, ABCT mounts original plays such as I’d Rather Be Rich and Say Amen, and showcases our talented kids in perennial favorites: Cats, The Wiz, High School Musical and The Lion King, Jr.
Anthony Bean Community Theater boasts a full professional portfolio including video DVD Productions and an ABCT clothing line. In addition to children and adult acting classes, ABCT offers a youth theater, an after-school program, and the Anthony Bean Community Theater City Choir. During the summer months, working in conjunction with the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission – ABCT also operates a summer day camp.
The Delgado Community College Theatre Department is designed for students and community memberswho are interested in obtaining practice working in theatre as actors and technicians; those interested in a theatre background as a basis for a career in the arts/ humanities, students who may plan to transfer to theatre programs at four-year universities as well as produce creative members of society.
Founded by Chuck Guajardo in 1963, the Genesian Players are the theatre troupe members of Archbishop Rummel High School. Located in Metairie, Lousiana, the Genesians produce a number of both musical and non-musical productions, as well as student produced performances throughout the school year. We are a community of students who share a common love: the performing arts! Genesians welcomes any Rummel student and high school girls from 8th – 12th grade. Girls may letter in Genesians as well as Rummel students. Along with our performances, we often attend local theatre productions so Genesians get to learn about theatre from both sides of the curtain! Our technicians work under a master-apprenticeship program with upperclassmen mentoring and leading up and coming technical crew members. Genesian students have the opportunity to write, direct, and fully produce their own show as well as the opportunity to be involved in top notch mainstage productions. Genesian alums have gone on to have careers in everything from screenwriting, artistic direction, and performance to law and politics. We’re extremely proud of our legacy, and our alums stay very involved in helping to lead our current Genesians towards a bright future! We’re a tight knit theatre family! St. Genesius, guide our destiny!
Founded in 1978 by Maestro Dennis G. Assaf and Hannah Cunningham, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society is a non-profit professional arts organization whose mission is to promote arts performance, training, and outreach by providing a diverse range of quality programs that entertain, educate and enrich the cultural and economic vitality of Jefferson Parish, Greater New Orleans and the Gulf South. JPAS focuses on three main elements:
Performance: JPAS annually provides a wide range of theatrical performances that appeal to many interests and age groups. Most seasons include a selection of grand opera, musical theater, dance and music. JPAS strives to network and partner with national and international artists and companies to bring new and diverse programming to the Southern Region.
Training: JPAS provides performance and technical based training in the arts for all ages with a particular focus on young people.
Outreach: JPAS provides arts education programming in local area schools, as well as access to professional theatrical experiences that align to classroom curricula and Louisiana Content Standards, including Arts Adventure Series, Cultural Crossroads and Stage Without A Theatre. JPAS provides performers, musicians, artistic experiences and expertise to select area events and organizations to enrich the community.
The Jefferson Performing Arts Society Believes:
•In the positive power of the arts in the community as a tool for education, expression, cultural understanding and overall improvement of quality of life.
•In the role of the arts as an economic stimulus in the community.
•It is important to provide artistic outlets and opportunities for both amateur and professional artists.
•The arts can draw attention and involve those within communities while nurturing cooperative ties across all borders.
Based in New Orleans, LA, Junebug Productions is a presenter and producer of performing arts that seeks to create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African American community. Through interrogation, we challenge ourselves and those aligned with the organization to make greater and deeper contributions towards a just society.
Founded in 1980 by John O’Neal, Junebug Productions is the organizational successor to the Free Southern Theater (FTS) which was co-founded in 1963 in Jackson, MS by John O’Neal, Gilbert Moses and Dr. Doris Derby. FST served as the cultural wing of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and after moving to New Orleans in 1964 went on to become a major influence in the Black Arts Movement. Over the past 30 years, Junebug Productions has toured 12 original productions to over 46 states and has presented dozens of touring productions and local artists in New Orleans. As a leader in the progressive arts movement, Junebug Productions developed the Story Circle process which is used by artists and organizers across the country and beyond. Its multi-year community engagement project, the Color Line Project was awarded the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. Junebug Productions is a partner of the National Performance Network, and a member of Theatre Communications Group, Network of Ensemble Theatres and Alternate ROOTS.
Junebug Productions’ Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue premieres at the Ashé Powerhouse January 19-22 & 26-29. Gomela was awarded the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) National Theater Project (NTP) creation and touring grant and will begin touring nationwide in April 2017. Junebug Productions is lead by Executive Artistic Director Stephanie McKee and Managing Director Kiyoko McCrae.
Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, a 501(c)3 organization, is passionately dedicated to presenting the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of the greater New Orleans area. By offering a full season of contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, musicals, and children’s productions, as well as master classes and special events, the theatre embraces the work of the city’s professional artists both onstage and backstage, all the while nurturing and mentoring up-and-coming talent with its array of outreach programs.
New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, has played an important role in our nation’s theatrical history since 1916. Located just off of Jackson Square, we have called our current stage at 616 St. Peter Street home since 1922.
Since moving into its current home in 1922, the “Little Theatre” has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals. Hundreds of actors, designers, directors, and technicians, both locally and nationally, have shared their talents to make Le Petit a true shining star in the theatrical world.
In 2015, new leadership was appointed to the theatre as Maxwell Williams, Artistic Director, and Katie Hallman, Managing Director, were welcomed to the helm. Le Petit celebrates its 100th Anniversary Season in 2016-2017.
Mondo Bizarro is a New Orleans-based company that has been creating daring, interdisciplinary art and fostering creative partnerships in local, national and international communities for the last thirteen years. We are an ensemble that creates, presents and produces a wide array of imaginative projects aimed at utilizing art as a tool for understanding what makes us commonly human and individually unique. Our work is intentionally multi-disciplinary, ranging from physical theater to large-scale community festivals; from innovative digital storytelling to site-responsive productions.
Our work has been experienced in art centers, universities and outdoor locations in 34 states across the country and occasionally abroad. It has been supported by: Creative Capital, MAP, NEA, NEFA’s National Theater Project, National Performance Network, Rauschenberg Foundation, Alternate ROOTS and the Network of Ensemble Theaters, to name a few. To date, we have created eight critically acclaimed works of performance. We have presented (with ArtSpot Productions and M.U.G.A.B.E.E.) over five hundred local, regional and national artists through our State of the Nation Art and Performance Festival and initiated the nationally renowned place-based digital storytelling projects “I-Witness Central City” and “I-10 Witness Project.” Our current performance, The Way at Midnight, will premiere at the CAC in September 2017.
The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane brings professional, classical theatre and unrivaled educational programming to Louisiana and the Gulf South. In addition to our summer season of plays, our educational programs bring Shakespeare to life for thousands of middle and high school students each year; often exposing them to Shakespeare and theatre for the first time. We are also one of the largest employers of theatre professionals in the city.
OUR MISSION: The NOLA Project is an ensemble-driven theatre company that strives to challenge, entertain, and engage diverse New Orleans audiences through high-quality and innovative performances of relevant great works, the development and production of new plays, and comprehensive educational opportunities for aspiring theatre artists.
OUR STORY: The NOLA Project is a theatre company made up of actors inspired by the energy of New Orleans. In 2005, while studying at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Founding Artistic Director Andrew Larimer assembled an ensemble of theatre artists to create a theatre with the highest dramatic standards in New Orleans. The company enlisted the expertise of James Tripp, Head of Acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, to advise and direct the company’s first several productions. Additional actors from New York, New Orleans, and elsewhere were brought in to create a versatile stable of talented performers to produce great classical, contemporary, and new plays with the highest artistic standards. Today the itinerant company is one of the most innovative and vibrant nonprofit theatre companies in the entire Gulf South, comprised of 31 theatre artists, with a regular theatrical season and a strong and diverse fan base. Our aim is to continue producing the very finest and most exciting theatre in New Orleans and to put the city of New Orleans on the national map as a major player in the American regional theatre scene.
Providing a platform to the diverse and talented group of Louisiana based playwrights, Second Star Performance Collective is dedicated to the development and production of original theatrical works.
See ‘Em On Stage: A Production Company” is a theatrical assemblage combining the talents of veteran New Orleans’ performers and backstage professionals into a company which focuses on bringing rarely-performed and original works to local stages. We believe in collaboration and networking with other theater companies in order to share and utilize the best resources and talent available and in order to provide audiences with a unique and satisfying theater-going experience. See ‘Em On Stage produces innovative, vibrant, and daring theatrical productions that utilize local artists from a variety of performing arts genres and which provide audiences with memorable and extraordinary theatrical experiences.
Founded in 1986, Southern Rep Theatre’s mission is to develop and produce new plays that reflect the diversity of the city it calls home, to provide our audience with professional theatre of the highest artistic quality and achievement, and to establish a creative working environment that nurtures theatre professionals. As a leading regional non-profit professional theatre, we strive to use the artistry of theatre to enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences, and further extend that service through educational and outreach programs.
Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes, Southern Rep’s emphasis is on regional and world premieres that reflect the best of contemporary American theatre in a four-play Mainstage season. Lagniappe & Arts Education programs for all ages reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to new play development by providing resources for students and burgeoning theatre professionals and supporting a more diverse theatre community. A mainstay of New Orleans’ arts community and a core member of the National New Play Network, Southern Rep Theatre continues to build on its unique position as a sector leader, creative force, and important resource for contemporary American theatre. New initiatives this season include the 4D new play development program for local writers, directors, and dramaturgs as well as expanded arts education programs for teens in partnership with NORDC.
The company is currently in residence at the Loyola University Department of Theatre, where its 2016-17 season includes regional premieres of GROUNDED by George Brant and FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as Tennessee Williams’ SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, starring Leslie Castay. Looking to the future, Southern Rep Theatre’s future permanent home will be a multistage theatre complex on historic Bayou Road, New Orleans, in the former St. Rose of Lima church building (est. 2018-19).
Each season Summer Lyric Theatre employs the talents of over 200 professional and volunteer actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, choreographers, designers and technical artists. Hundreds of individuals audition each year to be a part of the Summer Lyric experience, an experience many characterize as among the best and most professional theatrical opportunities in the Gulf South region. This standard of artistic excellence, for which Summer Lyric is known, has become a hallmark and gives young emergent talent the opportunity to work alongside professionals in a truly collaborative atmosphere.
The Department of Film and Theatre at the University of New Orleans is committed to an interdisciplinary belief that film arts, theatre arts, and writing for production enrich one another. The Department of Film and Theatre fuses the artistic, technical and analytical dynamics of theatre and film in a collaborative environment, educating the next generation of professional storytellers. In accordance with this philosophy, the department undertakes to educate its students, enrich the UNO and larger community, and encourage faculty development.
The Department of Film and Theatre offers a B.A. with courses of study in Film Arts and Theatre Arts; and the M.F.A. in Film and Theatre with emphases in Film Arts Production, Theatre Arts Performance, or Theatre Arts Design. Film and Theatre degree programs are built upon a strong foundation of literature, theory, history and the application of this foundation to the artistic process. The degrees are designed for interested and talented students wishing to develop careers as film or theatre, graduate students, college educators, or professionals in allied fields.