Theater and Production Companies
Many of the city’s finest actors, directors, playwrights and other creative and technical talent participate in local theater through production
companies and other groups that produce and perform on stages throughout the area. The following are snapshots of some of these groups. If you participate in a group that is not listed here and would like to add it to this list, please send your information to OnStage@renpubllc.com.
All Kinds of Theatre
Artistic director: Carl Walker
Artistic director: Kathy Randels; managing director: Sean LaRocca; company members: Jeff Becker, Lisa D’Amour, Lisa Shattuck, Ashley Sparks.
504-826-7783 | www.artspotproductions.orgA nonprofit organization dedicated to production of original multidisciplinary performance works for local, national and international presentation. Long-term collaborations include work with Students at the Center in New Orleans Public Schools and The Drama Club at The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.
Backyard Ballroom and New Orleans Fringe Festival
General manager: Dennis Monn
3519 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans | 504-941-3640 | www.nofringe.orgA new performance space and affiliated performance group based in the Bywater area and dedicated to development of original theater and musicals produced by writers, musicians and performers from New Orleans. Monn is artistic director of the New Orleans Fringe Festival, which will run Nov. 13-16, partially funded by the CAC’s Theatre Arts Fund. Upcoming: Bring Down Glory, Sept. 12-14, 19-21, 26-28.
Artistic director: Michael P. Cahill
504-835-3565 | firstname.lastname@example.orgFounded in 1994, it has produced an eclectic array of theatrical works, including “The Playboy of the Western World,” “Long Days Journey into Night,” “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “The Lonesome West,” “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” and its own original “Dorothy and Alan.” Its major project since Katrina — in addition to “Riders to the Sea” and “In the Shadow of the Glen,” presented at the Celtic Nations Heritage Festival — is the book “Just Who Is Stocker Fontelieu Anyway? The Life and Times of a Gentleman of the Theatre.”
Artistic director: Rick Delaup;
choreographer: Dollie Rivas
504.975.7425 |www.bustoutburlesque.comStep back in time and experience the burlesque shows of the 1950s. Upcoming: Secrets in Lace, Sept. 5-Oct. 17, Fridays at 8 and 10 p.m., The Mystick at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Boubon St., New Orleans;
Cripple Creek Theatre Company
Artistic director: Andrew Vaught; managing director: Andrew Kingsley
504-891-6825 | www.cripplecreekplayers.org | www.seeaplay.org
Dem Boys Productions
Members: Dane Rhodes, Eric Wohlberg, Michael Sullivan.
Diameter X Productions
Contact: Julie Faust
Covington-based Diameter X Productions is dedicated to promoting the work of New Orleans-area actors, directors and writers.
Fleur de Tease Burlesque Revue
504-975-1245 | www.fleurdetease.com A premiere variety burlesque revue, Fleur de Tease will perform at One Eyed Jack’s in the French Quarter, on Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 9. Other performances include the Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser on Sept. 13 and Voodoo Music Experience.
FourFront Theatrewww.fourfronttheatre.comFourFront Theatre is dedicated to exploring innovative, fresh, spirited and acclaimed works, and reaching a diverse audience with crowd-pleasing productions of the highest artistic integrity. Founded recently by award-winning theater artists Kelly Fouchi, Lucas Harms, Megan Sauzer Harms and Gary Rucker, the company launched its inaugural season as part of Southern Repertory Theatre’s City Series. Upcoming: The History Boys, Oct. 17-26, at Southern Rep Theatre. By Alan Bennett,
directed by Fred Nuccio. This Tony Award winner focuses on an unruly bunch of bright, funny, senior boys in a British boarding school. For tickets call the Southern Rep Theatre box office, 504-522-6545, or visit www.southernrep.com.
An itinerant New Orleans theatrical troupe devoted to new works, with a special emphasis on offbeat scripts. Specializing in low-budget, high-impact shows, Four Humours favors the importance of the actor and the writer over the director. Members include: Jennifer Growden, Michael Martin, Frederick Mead and Mary Pauley. Recent shows: “Love at the Lounge” and “Uncle Vanya.”
Golden Eagle Theatre Company
Artistic director: Andrew Elliott
One of the newest theatrical groups in the city will revisit its roots in September, returning to the alma mater of its founders. After a
successful debut of “Private Eyes” at Southern Rep Theatre, Golden Eagle will take Steven Dietz’s romantic comedy of deception to University of Southern Mississippi, Hartwig Theatre, Sept. 12-13, 7:30 p.m. Directed by Andrew Elliott, featuring Liz Mills, Keith Launey, Angela Papale, Staci Robbins and Leon Contavesprie. Call 601-266-5418.
Managing director: Michael Aaron Santos
504-450-1877 | www.insideout-nola.comFounded in 2005 by four ambitious University of New Orleans alums, InSideOut dedicates itself to enlightening and entertaining the local community with actor-driven, audience-intimate theater of the highest quality and passion. Recent productions include Bruce Graham’s “Coyote on a Fence,” a provocative drama set on death row.
Co-artistic directors: Bruce France, Nick Slie
504-304-7855 | www.mondobizarro.orgA New Orleans arts production company dedicated to the production and
performance of original multi-disciplinary work, Mondo Bizarro seeks to bring together elements of regional, national and international arts with various community organizations to help understand what makes us commonly human and individually unique. Production credits include original work in theater, film, festival organizing, oral history, educational outreach and ensemble development.
The NOLA Project
Artistic director: Andrew Larimer
504-304-3753 | www.nolaproject.com Dedicated to a renewed theater scene in New Orleans, the group focuses on
creation of new works, high-quality performances of relevant great works and serving as a resource to area students and artists. Performances are on Muriel’s Cabaret Stage at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peters St., New Orleans. Upcoming: “Fearnot,” Sept. 13-Oct. 5, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. An original play adapted from the Brothers Grimm tale about a boy who sets off on an adventure to learn what fear is. For tickets call the Le Petit box office at 504-522-2081.
“Assassins,” Oct. 17-Nov. 2, Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. By Stephen Sondheim, directed by A.J. Allegra. Starring Ricky Graham, Jimmy Murphy, Gary Rucker, Vatican Lokey, Lisa Piccone, Andrew Larimer, Alex Martinez Wallace, Lauren Elens, and Sean Glazebrook. This is NOLA Project’s first musical, which will feature a fresh mix of local and New York talent.
Running With Scissors
Contact: Richard Read
504-606-9903 | www.NORunningWithScissors.comA New Orleans-based theater company whose works run the spectrum from high camp to low comedy. Upcoming: “Die! Mommy! Die!,” Sept. 26-Oct. 19, Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 6 p.m., at Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The cast takes a Hollywood romp, 1960s-style, with the story of former singing sensation Angela Arden and her dreadfully unhappy family life. Will she give it all up to spend her golden years with hunky gigolo Tony Parker, or will her family have the last laugh? For tickets, call 504-581-5812.
Contacts: Barry Lemoine, Rose Marie Sand
504-301-8770, 504-666-1220 | www.shinepresents.comThe mission of the company is to bring the community closer through creative collaboration and by offering a diversity of the arts to St. Bernard Parish. Upcoming: “Bless Ya Boys,” Sept. 11, 18, 25-27, Oct. 9-11, 16, 23-25, 8 p.m., at Rocky and Carlo’s Sicilian Room, 813 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (Pre-show dinner.) An original play by Tom Hassinger, directed by Barry Lemoine. If you love “dem Saints,“ break out your black and gold.
Artistic Director: Amy Woodruffwww.theatrelouisiane.comFounded in New Orleans in 1999, Theatre Louisiane has received acclaim for its highly diverse artist-centered performances, from progressive versions of the classics to contemporary plays and original projects.
To Do Productions
504-948-9608 | 504-218-8559 | www.todoproductions.orgProducers Donald James and Don McDonald lead a group of multi-talented theatre artists striving to bring serious gay-themed theater to the New Orleans and Gulf Coast communities. Upcoming: “Thrill Me — The Leopold & Loeb Story,” Aug. 29-Sept. 28. By Stephen Dolginoff, a co-production with the Marigny Theatre Group. •