Theatre + Art

A Conversation with Ron Gural

Ron Gural, who became the artistic director of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane in 2006, is a professor in Tulane University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. He co-founded the festival in 1993 with fellow faculty members Buzz Podewell, Paul Schierhorn…

Wanted: Stage-Struck Kids

“No more buts, Mrs. Worthington! Nuts, Mrs. Worthington! Don’t put your daughter on the stage!”— Noel CowardYou’d think that the man who penned “Private Lives” and “Hay Fever,” being a true gentleman of the theater, would appreciate a youngster trodding…

The Beauty of Lyric Theater

Long before Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland decided to “put on a show,” musicals pulled in audiences eager to let all that singing and dancing lift their spirits. Local theater directors say musicals are still strong crowd-pleasers, which is why…

Stalking Drama

Aimée Hayes likes to take the scenic route.Hayes joined Southern Rep Theatre as managing director in 2007. She took over as artistic director in March. But the New Orleans native wandered long and far before reaching this point. The pattern…

Scenes from the 2008 Storer Boone Awards Celebration

Barbara Motley, “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont Ricky Graham, Angela Papale, Blake Balu Kathy Randels Leslie Limberg, Leon Contavesprie, Kelly Fouchi   Michael Sullivan, Dane Rhodes, Sonny Borey Carolyn Casey Barrois, Cecille Casey Covert Sean Glazebrook, A.J. Allegra, Kathleen Tarwater, Andrew Larimer…

Theater’s Crème de la Crème

The theater faithful showed their best stuff on a recent April evening. They picked their way across a New Orleans Police Department-Secret Service obstacle course (set to secure the presence of President George Bush at a summit in Gallier Hall)…

Stirring the Talent Pool

With some exceptions, local theaters tend to be rather quiet during the summer months. But a slowdown in performance schedules does not necessarily translate to “no work.” Many local theater pros turn their attention at this time of year to…

Other Classical Performing Arts

New Orleans Friends of MusicFor more than 50 years, New Orleans Friends of Music has brought internationally acclaimed musicians to the community. An all-volunteer group without paid staff or rented space, the organization is dedicated to promoting and fostering the…

NOCCA Riverfront (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts)

2800 Chartres St. | New Orleans | Box office: 504.940.2900 | www.NOCCA.com The NOCCA Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides financialsupport and advocacy for New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. The institute oversees financial aid and artists-in-residence programs, the…

New Orleans Opera Association

1010 Common St. | Suite 1820 | New Orleans | 504.529.30001.800.881.4459 | www.neworleansopera.org General and artistic director: Robert Lyall The New Orleans Opera Association is dedicated to providing operatic performances of the highest caliber to citizens of the New Orleans…

New Orleans Ballet Association

One Lee Circle | New Orleans | Performances at Tulane University’s Dixon HallBox office: 504-522-0996 | www.nobadance.com Executive Director: Jenny R. Hamilton The New Orleans Ballet Association is the region’s premier presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art…

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

LPO Box Office | 1010 Common St., Ste. 2120 | New Orleans504.523.6530 | www.lpomusic.com Music Director: Carlos Miguel Prieto (Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Music Director and Principal Conductor) | Principal Guest Conductor: Klauspeter SeibelResident Conductor: Rebecca Miller The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra…

La Nuit Theater

2301 Soniat St. | New Orleans | 504.899.0336 | www.lanuittheater.com Owner, Artistic Director: Yvonne LandryGeneral Manager: Nick Lopez La Nuit Comedy Theater is home to the city’s most exciting and originalcomedy shows, including Chicago-style improv, Pro-Am stand-up andall-ages comedy for…

Delta Festival Ballet

3351 Severn Ave. | Suite 304A | Metairie | 504.888.0931 |www.deltafestivalballet.com Artistic Directors: Joseph Giacobbe and Maria Giacobbe Louisiana’s largest professional dance company has been performing in New Orleans and throughout the state since 1967. Its repertoire consists of over…

Contemporary Arts Center

900 Camp St. | New Orleans | 504.528.3805 | Box Office: 504.528.3800www.cacno.org Executive/Artistic Director: Jay Weigel The CAC is the home of modern multidisciplinary arts and cultural programming in the South. From bold experiments in visual arts, photography and sculpture…

The Big Top Gallery, 3 Ring Circus Productions

3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center | 1638 Clio St. | New Orleans | 504-569-2700 | www.3ringcircusproductions.com Artistic director: Kirah HaubrichThe Big Top Gallery of 3 Ring Circus is a multi-dimensional art space that accommodates many activities, including hosting theater…

Ashé Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. | New Orleans | 504.562.9070 | www.ashecac.org Director: Carol Bebelle  Artistic Director: Douglas Redd Efforts of Grace Inc./Ashé CAC is an emerging African American-led cultural institution in New Orleans. Our mission is to produce and…

College and University Theater

Area theater audiences benefit greatly from the fact that local studentsof the arts have ready access to talented and experienced teachers andmentors. Local colleges and universities provide a wide range of academicprograms aimed at developing young writers, directors, actors and…

Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane

104 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans | 504-865-5269 | http://summerlyric.tulane.edu/index.cfm Artistic Director: B. Michael Howard Operations Manager: Charlie Farve HayesProduction Manager: Michael Batt Amusical theater performing organization based on the campus of Tulane University, Summer Lyric Theatre’s mission is…

Southern Rep Theatre

333 Canal Place | New Orleans | Box office: 504.522.6545 |www.southernrep.com Producing Artistic Director: Aimée HayesArts Education Director: Sarah Z. Singleton Founded in 1986, Southern Rep’s mission is to develop and produce new plays by American playwrights, provide our audience…

Slidell Little Theatre

2024 Nellie Dr. | Slidell | Reservations: 985.643.0556 | 985.641.0324www.slidell-slt.org Slidell Little Theatre is an all-volunteer community theater in its 44th season. The theatre strives to present Broadway-style shows as well as original plays by local authors. Intending to give…

Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

Lupin Theatre | McWilliams Hall and Dixon Hall | Tulane University | New Orleans | Box Office: 504.865.5105, extension 2 | www.NewOrleansShakespeare.com Artistic Director: Ron Gural Associate Artistic Director: Jim FitzmorrisManaging Director: Clare MoncriefOperations Director: Brad Robbert Founded in 1993,…

Rivertown Repertory Theatre

325 Minor St. | (Rivertown) | Kenner | Box office: 504.468.7221www.rivertownkenner.com/theatre.html Executive Director/Producer: Charles Ward Kenner’s award-winning theater features Broadway musicals, comedies,dramas and command performances in this 300-seat facility. Winner of numerous Big Easy awards and the critic’s choice for…

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…

Marigny Theatre

1030 Marigny | New Orleans | 504.218.8559 | marignytheatre.org Manager: Timm Holt Marigny Theatre produces four plays a year, including an annual playwright competition in association with the annual “Saints and Sinners” conference. In addition the theatre hosts other plays…

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 Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre is celebrating its 91st season in a space that has been a…

Le Chat Noir Cabaret Theater

715 St. Charles Ave. | New Orleans | (between Poydras and Julia Streets)Box Office: 504.581.5812 | www.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 125-seat…

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

400 Phlox St. | Metairie | Box office: 504.885.2000 | www.jpas.org Founder, Executive/Artistic Director: Dennis G. Assaf Wrapping up its 30th year, Jefferson Performing Arts Society is a culturally diverse arts organization that produces: grand opera, musical, comedic and dramatic…

Anthony Bean Community Theater

1333 South Carrollton Ave. | New Orleans | 504.862.7529www.anthonybeantheater.comArtistic director: Anthony BeanEstablished 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…

The Alamo Underground

1547 Crete St. | New Orleans | 504.481.4091 | www.alamounderground.orgArtistic director: Gabrielle Reisman One of New Orleans’ newer theater venues, The Alamo Underground is an intimate, multi-use space with a commitment to staging new plays by local, emerging artists. The…