Theatre + Art

Coming Home

Like gifted vagabonds, they’ve traipsed from stage to stage during the past few years with instruments, costumes and equipment in tow. They performed in just about any space that would have them, never stopping in any place long enough to…

A Conversation with Diana E.H. Shortes

What sparked your interest in the Baroness Pontalba? I had been working with the Living History Project, which portrays historical characters around the city during holiday seasons. I began researching the Baroness Pontalba and had all this information about this…

le petit theatre du vieux carré

Top-quality productions are the mainstay of the century-old theater, which presents shows and special events on the Main Stage and in Muriel’s Cabaret Theatre. Le Petit recently wrapped up its fall production of the Broadway hit “Rent.” Upcoming Performances: Performances…

Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater

Le Chat Noir, which opened in 1999 in a renovated 1930’s nightclub space, is an intimate 125-seat theater nestled in the arts district of downtown New Orleans. It is the premiere venue for cabaret-type performance, equally suited to the finest…

A Beautiful Sight

Performing arts activity is always a little frenzied at this time of year, so crowded event calendars come as no surprise. Still, is it just me, or is the action almost over the top? The lineup of theatrical and musical…

Slidell Little Theater

Slidell Little Theatre is an all-volunteer community theater in its 44th season. The theater strives to present Broadway-style shows as well as original plays by local authors. Intending to give back to the community for its support, SLT offers a children’s…

Highlights of the Winter Season

The concept took root six decades ago in Edinburgh, Scotland, where independent theater folks — many of whom had been shoved to the fringes of mainstream theater in hot arts centers like London — got together to showcase their own…

Summer Lyrics Theatre at Tulane

A musical theater performing organization based on the campus of Tulane University, Summer Lyric Theatre’s mission is to preserve one of America’s greatest art forms by producing the highest quality musical theater. The theater exists to support and nurture musicians,…

First Act Food

In a restaurant town like New Orleans, sometimes the hardest thing about a night out at the theater isn’t scoring tickets to the right show. It’s making a decision about where to eat. There are so many options that audiences…

Actor's Theater of New Orleans

Upcoming Performances: For reservations and updated information, call the number above or visit the Web site. The theatre is located on the second floor of the WTIX-FM building at 4539 N. I-10 Service Rd., behind Target at Clearview Mall. Tickets…

The Alamo Underground

One of New Orleans’ younger theater spaces, The Alamo Underground is an intimate, multi-use space with a commitment to staging new plays by local, emerging artists. Upcoming Performances: Please see Web site or call for updated performance information. Taste |…

Anthony Bean Community Theater

Established in the spring of 2000 to meet the demands of New Orleans-area residents interested in learning and participating in dramatic art, Anthony Bean Community Theater and Acting School is a professional theater company that provides an open-enrollment school for…

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Bringing world-class entertainment to Jefferson Parish and the surrounding area, the society again offers a diverse mix, as work continues on the new Jefferson Performing Arts Center, located at LaSalle Park on Airline Highway in Metairie. This state-of-the-art performing arts…

Southern Rep Theater

Founded in 1986, Southern Rep’s mission is to develop and produce new plays by American playwrights, provide our audience with professional theater of the highest artistic quality and achievement, and establish a creative working environment that nurtures theater professionals. We…

A Conversation with Mike Hartkins

Give us the lowdown on “Side Man.” It’s a show that NOLA Project had approached Mike (Santos) and Ashley (Ricord) about some time ago, to play the parents. It’s about a trumpeter and his group of friends, and how his…

Playmakers Theater

19106 Playmakers Rd. (off Lee Road) | Covington | 985.893.1671www.playmakersinc.com Board of Directors President: Randy Perkins This nonprofit amateur community theater is one of the oldest continually running community theaters in the United States. Its mission is to promote and…

North Star Theatre

347 Girod St. | Mandeville | Box Office: 985.626.1500 | http://northstartheatre.com| Owner and Artistic Director: Lori Bennett The theater company has been in existence since 1986 and was first housed in Covington in a movie house converted into a theater…

Marigny Theatre

1030 Marigny | New Orleans | 504.218.8559 | marignytheatre.org Manager: Timm Holt Marigny Theatre is a nonprofit corporation organized and operatedexclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Specifically, this organization aims to promote the arts and culture, and provide public instruction…

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré

616 St. Peter St. (on Jackson Square in the French Quarter) | New Orleans504.522.2081 | www.lepetittheatre.com Executive Artistic Director: Sonny Borey Top-quality productions are the mainstay of the century-old theater, which presents shows and special events on the Main Stage…

Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater

715 St. Charles Ave. (between Poydras and Julia Streets) | New Orleans | Box Office: 504.581.5812 | cabaretlechatnoir.com Proprietor and Artistic Director: Barbara Motley Le Chat Noir, which opened in 1999 in a renovated 1930’s nightclub space, is an intimate…

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Box office: 1118 Clearview Parkway | Metairie | 504.885.2000 | www.jpas.org Founder, Executive/Artistic Director: Dennis G. Assaf Celebrating 31 years of bringing world-class entertainment to Jefferson Parish and its surrounding areas, JPAS once again offers a diverse and exciting mix…

Anthony Bean Community Theater

1333 South Carrollton Ave. | New Orleans | 504.862.7529www.anthonybeantheater.com Artistic director: Anthony Bean Established in the spring of 2000 to meet the demands of New Orleans-area residents interested in learning and participating in dramatic art, Anthony Bean Community Theater and…

The Alamo Underground

1547 Crete St. | New Orleans | 504.481.4091 | www.alamounderground.org Artistic director: Gabrielle Reisman One of New Orleans’ newer venues, The Alamo Underground is anintimate, multi-use space with a commitment to staging new playsby local, emerging artists. Upcoming Performances:Please see…

Actor's Theatre of New Orleans

4539 N. I-10 Service Rd. | Suite 200 | Metairie | 504.456.4111www.actorstheatreofneworleans.com Artistic director/CEO: René J.F. Piazza The mission of the Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans is to provide qualityentertainment through a variety of theatrical productions while showcasing local talent.…

A Conversation with: Gabrielle Reisman

Illinois native Gabrielle Reisman was taking a break from classes at Loyola University of Chicago when realized she “really wanted to go to New Orleans.” She made the move in 2005, founded theater-in-a-basement The Alamo Underground, and this past May…

A Conversation with: Gary Rucker

After three years as resident director at Rivertown Repertory Theatre, Gary Rucker recently co-founded production company FourFront Theatre with Kelly Fouchi, Lucas Harms and Megan Harms. The company presents three regional premieres this season at Southern Rep Theatre: “Gutenberg! The…

Rockin’ Duo: The Bard Meets the King

When Shakespeare meets rock ’n’ roll, worlds collide and explode into a multitude of dramatic possibilities. A stage set can look like a cross between the Globe Theatre and the inside of a space ship. And the carnival-like setting of…

Spectator Chic

Singers and actors may have to combat performance anxiety, but audience members can suffer from a worry of their own: what to wear for that night out. Showing up radically over- or underdressed at a play or concert can take…

Audiobiography: Louisiana Philharmonic Explores Beethoven

He is one of the most revered and studied composers of all time, and his music is among the most frequently performed. Yet admirers believe there is always more to learn from and about Ludwig van Beethoven.Local audiences have an unusual…

Where Life and Drama Converge: Anthony Bean Theater

Thirteen-year-old actor Tony Felix probably never thought the day would come when he would sport high-heeled platform boots, psychedelic vest and long wig while singing and gyrating to Rick James’ disco-era smash hit “Superfreak.” But that’s what he did every…