About Us

THEATRE FOR THE BOLD

OUR MISSION:  The NOLA Project is an ensemble-driven theatre company that strives to challenge, entertain, and engage diverse New Orleans audiences through high-quality and innovative performances of relevant great works, the development and production of new plays, and comprehensive educational opportunities for aspiring theatre artists.


OUR STORY:  The NOLA Project is a theatre company made up of actors inspired by the energy of New Orleans. In 2005, while studying at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Founding Artistic Director Andrew Larimer assembled an ensemble of theatre artists to create a theatre with the highest dramatic standards in New Orleans. The company enlisted the expertise of James Tripp, Head of Acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, to advise and direct the company’s first several productions. Additional actors from New York, New Orleans, and elsewhere were brought in to create a versatile stable of talented performers to produce great classical, contemporary, and new plays with the highest artistic standards. Today the itinerant company is one of the most innovative and vibrant nonprofit theatre companies in the entire Gulf South, comprised of 28 theatre artists, with a regular theatrical season and a strong and diverse fan base. Our aim is to continue producing the very finest and most exciting theatre in New Orleans and to put the city of New Orleans on the national map as a major player in the American regional theatre scene.    

2015 National Theatre Company Award

2015 National Theatre Company Award

The American Theatre Wing awarded The NOLA Project with the 2015 National Theatre Company Award and a grant for $10,000.

Best Drama-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Best Drama-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Winner of the 2014 Big Easy Entertainment Award

"Theatre Company of the Year"

The Times Picayune named The NOLA Project "Theatre Company of the Year" for 2014. Read the article. 

Press

Read interesting and notable reviews and articles about the company and what we are up to.

Meet Our Staff

A. J. Allegra

Artistic Director

A. J. Allegra

Carol Knott

Managing Director

Carol Knott

Alex Ates

Education and Engagement Director

Alex Ates

Ryan Decker

Marketing and PR Coordinator

Ryan Decker

Richard Alexander Pomes

Marketing Director

Richard Alexander Pomes

Keith Claverie

Digital Communications Coordinator

Keith Claverie

James Bartelle

Associate Artistic Director

James Bartelle

Natalie Boyd

Associate Managing Director

Natalie Boyd

James Yeargain

Industry Liaison

James Yeargain

Mark Routhier

Director of New Play Development

Mark Routhier

Meet Our Board

Eric Charleston

President
Eric Charleston is an attorney with Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, LLC in New Orleans. He also holds a BFA in Drama from Syracuse University, and before practicing law, he was an actor in New York City. He is a member of the 610 Stompers, a charitable all-male dance krewe that performs at... Read More

Casie Duplechain

Vice President
Casie Duplechain is the Executive Director of Friends of City Park, overseeing the successful implementation of fundraising for capital improvement projects in New Orleans City Park, maintaining a strong membership of 5,000 members, and increasing community engagement and education of City Park.... Read More

Rich Arnold

Vice President
Rich Arnold has served as Director of Development & Communications for Covenant House since 2012. His achievements include coordinating an annual “Sleep Out” fundraiser that has grown into a premier local event, with revenues increasing by 300% over four years. He is also a Big Easy... Read More

Nick Thompson

Treasurer
Nick Thompson has a history in New Orleans theatre that spans two decades as an actor, director, producer, and technician. After owning and managing Fetch! Mid-City for four years, Nick moved on to his other passion, real estate. He is currently a Realtor with Latter & Blum, Inc., and spends... Read More

Elizabeth Meneray

Secretary
Elizabeth Meneray is a family attorney in New Orleans, who dedicates her time outside of work to her young son, Campbell, and to the thriving New Orleans arts community.  In addition to serving on the NOLA Project Board since 2014, Liz also hosts “Sittin’ In,” an all-vinyl modern jazz... Read More

Lisa Abel

Board Member
Currently serving as a philanthropy, business development and marketing communication consultant, Lisa has a long-standing and successful history advancing for-profit and non-for-profit brands and organizations, in New Orleans and New York.  Armed with 25 years of expertise in the packaged and... Read More

Donna Gay Anderson

Immediate Past President
Donna Gay’s career path has always been driven by a love for the stage. After graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a BA in Speech,  she attended the National Shakespeare Company Conservatory in New York City. Upon completion of the program there, she worked as an actor before... Read More

David Miller

Board Member
David Miller is the President & Principal of Renaissance Property Group, specializing in the development of affordable housing communities using an array of tax-advantaged financing programs. Under David’s leadership, Renaissance has developed 15 properties in Louisiana, Missouri and... Read More

Karen Carvin Shachat

Board Member
Karen Carvin Shachat began her career in advertising working with local ad agencies in New Orleans followed by a move to New York to work with some of the top national agencies, (Benton & Bowles, Ted Bates and Ally & Gargano). While in New York, Karen worked on many national accounts... Read More

Berney Strauss

Board Member
Berney Strauss attended Dartmouth College in the Ivy League where he graduated at the top of his class and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated summa cum laude in 1973. In 1975, he received a Masters degree from Yale University. He earned his law degree from Tulane in 1978 where he was... Read More

Ebie Taylor Strauss

Board Member
Ebie Taylor Strauss graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Physical Education, and holds an M.S.degree in Fitness Management from the U.S. Sports Academy. While at LSU Ebie was named to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) All American Team. She also won the National 21... Read More

Ron Thompson

Board Member
Ron Thompson’s experience in the advertising business came during the “MadMen” era. His account management has been extensive in the fields of packaged goods, hospitality, medical, and energy. He also has an excellent background in image development and brand marketing, including programs... Read More

Florence Wingerter

Board Member
Florence Wingerter currently serves as the Executive Administrator for the Krewe of Orpheus. She has extensive experience in management in the retail market, special events field, and fundraising for nonprofit  institutions. She is affiliated with a variety of civic and cultural non-profit... Read More

James Yeargain

Ensemble Member Representative
James Yeargain has been with The NOLA Project since J.B. (2007). Since then, he has worked on A Kingdom of Statues, Taste, Mr. Marmalade, Almost An Evening, Romeo and Juliet, and Balm in Gilead. He has worked with Shakespeare Festival at Tulane on Coriolanus, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth,... Read More