Education & Engagement

Education & Engagement

The NOLA Project’s Education and Engagement department is designed to fulfill a fundamental component of the company’s not-for-profit mission: to expand the minds, hearts, and creativity of our New Orleans community. Through audience engagement, articles, company in-service training, public workshops, special apprenticeships, community partnerships, and a renowned summer high school intensive, Education and Engagement enriches the artistry of The NOLA Project through connectivity.


For six summers now, the educators of The NOLA Project have come together to provide three weeks of the most comprehensive high school theatre training in the region. Students are selected based on their enthusiasm, desire, and potential. Students from across the New Orleans region assemble under the guidance of the city’s best theater educators to learn, explore, and innovate the craft of acting.

The NOLA Project High School Intensive (NPHSI) has become known as the boldest and most productive summer training experience in the New Orleans region.

Apply now for Summer 2017 by clicking the button below!

The NOLA Project Winter Intensive


For the second time, The NOLA Project is offering a winter acting training opportunity for high schoolers and college students. This training is designed to offer students distinctive skills to help them gain an advantage in their acting classes between semesters.

Whether you’re a serious high school theater student or a college student majoring in Theater, this program will challenge you and joyfully help you keep your skills sharp during your winter break. Classes will be led by The NOLA Project’s Artistic Director, A.J. Allegra and Education & Engagement Director, Alex Ates at Lusher Charter School’s Goldring Center. Students will focus on ensemble technique, classical acting technique, and contemporary acting technique.

Tuition is $150.00. Students are expected to supply notebooks and wear movement-conducive clothing. All other class materials (ie. scripts, props, etc.) will be provided. To apply, applicants (ages 15-21) must fill out a short application and submit a short statement of purpose. From there, applicants will be notified of their admission status.

The NOLA Project Winter Intensive

Theatre for All Ages

The NOLA Project is committed to creating accessible moments for Louisiana families through educational theatre experiences. Beginning in 2017, The NOLA Project Education and Engagement Department has started an annual initiative to provide Theatre for All Ages–mulitgenerational theater experiences that provide entertainment and education.


In 2017, The NOLA Project is offering an all-new offering for children in grades K-5 as a part of our Theatre for All Ages program! Ten-year-old Oskar gets to fulfill a lifelong dream of writing and directing a play at his elementary school. But when classmates challenge his rigid ideas about the production’s male and female characters—and who should play whom—everything starts falling apart. Will Oskar solve the backstage brouhaha before opening night? Read More...

Theatre for All Ages


The NOLA Project offers apprenticeships to highly qualified, enthusiastic students who are interested in learning more about ensemble theater. Apprenticeship acceptances are a highly personal and individual process, as an apprentice is given access to the company’s inner-workings. An apprentice can do anything from assist direction, act, or perform administrative functions—specifications will be determined based on the applicant and his/her goals.


Any person who is interested in serving as an apprentice should email Education and Engagement Director, Alex Ates at Alex Ates will then relay information about the appropriate process for the apprentice presenting his/herself to the company. Apprenticeships are rarely granted and are not guaranteed financial compensation.

Community Partnerships

The NOLA Project Education and Engagement department is a community partner with Lusher Charter School, a K-12 Arts Network “Exemplary School”. The NOLA Project offers special program, opportunities, and events to the Lusher community K-12 throughout the academic year and summer. Lusher community members can be made aware of these opportunities through school communications.


If you represent an organization that would be interested in a partnership with The NOLA Projects Education and Engagement department, email director, Alex Ates at

We are proud to partner with our host school Lusher Charter School in our efforts to provide New Orleans area students with the very best in theatre arts education.

Lusher Charter School

The Blog

The Education and Engagement department runs and edits The NOLA Project Blog, which publishes articles that relate to company affairs and the state of New Orleans Theater. The blog has curated articles from guest writers on the state of theater and education in post-Katrina New Orleans and a series on college acting auditions. Furthermore, articles have chronicled unique experiences of company members and community members that feel special to The NOLA Project’s living history.

If you are interested in submitting an article to The NOLA Project blog, email Education and Engagement Director, Alex Ates at