Andrew Portwood

Tell us about your role at The Joy Theater. I manage event production, marketing and booking. I work with the Joy Productions team to ensure we have safe, successful and fun events.

How did the re-opening come about? The Joy Theater reopened in 2011. I arrived in July 2013, and helped curate concert and large ticketed events by bringing in local and national promoters and performers. Alongside our General Manager, Alexa Poper, we’re bringing in a wide variety of programming.

What do you think makes the theater unique? The art deco style resonates in the architecture and in the atmosphere. The theater is equipped with a modern acoustic paneling and offers the best live sound environment in New Orleans. There are no obstructed sight lines at the venue, and even the bathrooms have speakers.

As a multi-purpose space, tell us about some highlights. Tedeschi Trucks Band performed in October 2013; our Jazz Fest series is very popular; and we have had multiple sold-out after-shows during the Buku Music + Art Project and the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

What has the public’s reaction been to the re-opening? We have evolved into a destination venue for many performers and concert aficionados. There has been an outpouring of support from the community and from live music fans.

What is coming up that you are excited about? The Joy Theater Party Under the Marquee: the theater will be open early for home games this football season with drink specials, live entertainment and raffles.

Joy Theater

1200 Canal St.



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