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.


JUNE 25 - JULY 21, 2018

at Lusher Charter School

Since 2012, the educators of The NOLA Project have come together to provide four 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 2018 by clicking the button below!

Putting It On The Line: A Musical Theatre Intensive

June 4-9, 2018

at Tulane University

For Teens age 14-18

Classes 9am-4pm June 4-8

Showcase Performance June 9


Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane and The NOLA Project, two of New Orleans' most respected theatre companies, are joining forces to offer a unique training experience for the motivated musical theatre student.  Putting It On The Line will offer students the opportunity to take classes in Acting, Character Development, Text Interpretation, Vocal Technique, Song Analysis, Dance Technique, Choreography, and Audition Preparation with some of New Orleans' finest performers, directors, musical directors, and choreographers.  There will also be daily master classes on topics such as: The Cold Read, Standing Out - Strategies for the Audition, Making the College Decision, No Script Improv - Overcoming Your Inhibitions, and Conquering the Dance Call.

Tuition is $250.00. Students are expected to supply notebooks and wear movement-conducive clothing. All other class materials  will be provided. Applications are now open and available! Please note that you must first pay the class fee before you are taken to the student information application form. 


Putting It On The Line: A Musical Theatre 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

Student Rush Policy

The NOLA Project believes in starting kids off early in their love of theatre. As such, all of our productions will offer up to 20 seats per performance to students (High School and College Undergrad) for $10.


Tickets are available for in-person purchase only at the box office of any of our productions. A valid and current student ID must be presented if requested by a box office member.


Please bear in mind that not all NOLA Project productions are appropriate for small children. Many productions contain adult content that may be deemed inappropriate for younger viewers.

Community Partnerships

The NOLA Project Education and Engagement department collaborates with many educational and cultural organizations in the New Orleans area in the interest of advancing arts education. Partnerships are listed below: 

  • Lusher Charter School
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
  • St. Anna's Episcopal Church & Anna's Place Mission
  • Tulane University
  • Loyola University
  • Delgado Community College
  • KIPP Leadership Academy


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