People to Watch Class of 2015
Photographed by Jeffery Johnston
Artistic Director, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
Maxwell Williams is new in town and ready to break a leg.
In March 2015, Williams became the new artistic director of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, one of the oldest community theatres in the country.
After the theater endured some difficult years, Williams says he’s eager to get to work.
“We intend to represent the whole city, and represent the best of theatre in New Orleans to the world,” he says. “That starts with more diverse programming and casting, which we’re actively cultivating, and leveraging our professional relationships to draw more attention to the extraordinary work that is going on here, not just at Le Petit, but at other New Orleans theatre companies.
Williams formerly served as the associate artistic director for Hartford Stage in Connecticut, where his accomplishments included producing the world premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which went on to win the 2014 Tony Award for best musical.
He says his overall goal is to ensure Le Petit is set up to thrive in its second hundred years.
“The challenge is ongoing,” he says, “but it’s a very exciting time to be making art here.”