Artistic Director A.J. Allegra recaps the work of The NOLA Project in 2017, including our second National Theatre Company Award from the American Theatre Wing, our largest-attended production ever, and our being named Theatre Company of the Year by Gambit Magazine!
The NOLA Project is excited to welcome two new Ensemble Members to our company: Theatre artists Khiry Armstead and Jenny Billot. Khiry and Jenny make up the 32nd and 33rd members of the total Ensemble. Of Armstead, Artistic Director A.J. Allegra says “Khiry Armstead has made such a major impression on the New Orleans theatre scene in a short amount of time, and I am so glad that NOLA Project is now able to call him a member of our family. His sense of humor, wild imagination, and seriously wide array of artistic gifts are all such incredible assets to our theatre community in New Orleans.”
Of Billot, Allegra says “Jenny Billot has been a steadfast leader of various production backstages for years. She is one of the hardest working and most organized stage managers I know. Actors and directors love her equally, and I am so glad that after so much good work with our company, we can now officially call her a member of our ensemble.”
To learn more about both Khiry and Jenny, please visit our Ensemble page located at nolaproject.com/ensemble.
Gambit Magazine’s readers have voted The NOLA Project as the Best Local Theatre Company for the second consecutive year! Here is the Gambit writeup for TNP in 2017:
“All of New Orleans is a stage for The NOLA Project. The company has presented classic shows in familiar settings, from behind-the-Broadway-scenes comedy It’s Only a Play at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans City Park. But the young company also has taken an adventurous approach, presenting a diverse selection of dramas, comedies and musicals in unconventional settings, from the shore of Lake Pontchartrain to a boutique hotel’s rooftop pool. In a dozen years, it has produced Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Camille, Cloud 9, Assassins, 4000 Miles, Balm in Gilead and an array of new and commissioned works by local playwrights, such as Jim Fitzmorris’ A Truckload of Ink, about the demise of a New Orleans daily newspaper. It’s no wonder the company has caught our readers’ attention. The NOLA Project opens its 13th season in September at UNO’s Robert E. Nims Theatre with the offbeat musical Urinetown.”