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A Permanent Home for New Orleans' Leading Theatre Company

Southern Rep Theatre, New Orleans


Project summary


Established in 1986 by playwright and scholar Dr Rosary O’Neill, the remit for New Orleans’ Southern Rep Theatre has grown from being a home for theatrical work that reflects Southern heritage to a renowned centre for developing new plays by American playwrights nationally.


In its history, it has performed at many notable local landmarks including the Mid-City Theater, Loyola University’s Marquette Hall and the Contemporary Arts Center. Now, the time has come to establish a permanent home for the esteemed company. In partnership with Rose Community Development Corporation and Alembic Community Development, Southern Rep has launched the Bayou Treme Center campus development project which will see a long-vacant former St Rose de Lima Church renovated and transformed into an epicentre for the performing arts and a key point on the Bayou Road corridor.


The jewel of the campus will be a 13,400 square foot theatrical complex and the new home for Southern Rep Theatre. The space will include a flexible main stage with space for audiences of up to 150, an Outdoor Stage for community engagement, and a lobby fitted-out for performance. The centre will also house production, administration, and rehearsal facilities.


Charcoablue is providing comprehensive theatre planning and acoustics consultancy. The flexible theatre is supported by a flexible flooring system, wooden catwalks, a flexible rigging system and full stagelighting and audiovisual services.