Unrelenting focus on ensemble technique. No actor is greater or smaller than any other on a stage.


Classes AND productions. In addition to college-level courses, students rehearse of a fully-produced play under the guidance of professional directors.


An experienced faculty and staff. Our artist-educators are trained from the best performing arts programs in the country. All staff members work as professional artists. Many work as full-time, professional theater educators in competitive high school and university programs. From the instructors, to the educators, to the designers, all staff members at NPHSI see themselves as educators, charged with sharing their expertise with students in new, innovative ways.


Small classes; more attention. We don’t believe in sticking as many students on the stage as possible. NPHSI is designed for small, intimate classes so every actor gets the full experience of a profound, individualized theatre education. For us, quality always beats quantity.


Unique Performance Opportunities. The NPHSI prides itself on producing work that is challenging, unique, and innovative. Each summer, our production is something guaranteed to be a work of theatre unlike anything your student will perform at his or her high school theatre program. We treat all students and productions with the same care and consideration that we produce every NOLA Project mainstage production in our professional season.


2019 Production:  For summer 2019, the students of the NPHSI will present a World Premiere comedy by NOLA Project founding member James Bartelle.  The hilarious new play ZOOKEEPERS IN CAPTIVITY depicts a city zoo in disarray. But it's not the animals running wild here--it's the staff. From an overworked and under-medicated manager, to a an elderly hippo caretaker that may or may not be dealing black market animal products, to the new employee who is just trying to earn enough so she doesn't have to drive Uber on weekends, this modern day workplace farce blends comedy, fantasy, puppetry, and a whole flock of talking flamingos.



Program Cost: $750





For seven years now, our company has offered a flagship training program for passionate high school theater artists, The NOLA Project High School Intensive.



From Shakespeare’s Lord Chamberlain’s Men to avant-garde troupes, the very nature of theater is and always will be a spirit of collective innovation, resourcefulness, and imagination.


This year, our curriculum will embrace that essential truth. We will prepare students to be dynamic, imaginative and capable theater artists. Training for theater thinkers and skillful actors. This development in our curriculum will push our program to the front line of theater training for young artists.


Students will spend mornings taking essential core theatre arts training in the areas of movement, voice and speech, script creation, and acting technique, all taught by some of the best professional theatre artists in the Gulf South.


Two training studios will keep our class sizes intimate and personalized. All students will participate in a new play by James Bartelle and directed by NOLA Project Education & Engagement Director Kristin Shoffner. 


Intensive days run from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. July 4 and 5 are off days.


This is going to be a summer of training that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Acting, writing, directing–Ensemble. We’re seeking the next generation of theater artists. Will you join us? We’re ready for you.

2019 DATES

  • February 1st: Online applications open


  • March 16th: Audition date # 1: 2pm-3pm


  • April 6th: Audition date #2: 3pm-4pm


  • June 22nd: Orientation 10am-11am


  • June 24th: Class instruction begins



  • July 4, 5: Independence Day holiday. No classes or rehearsal.



  • July 11, 12, 13, 14: Public performances of ZOOKEEPERS IN CAPTIVITY

Application, Audition, Admission

Applicants will be granted admission based on the completion of a short online application and a comprehensive audition.

Audition dates are selected on the online application.


  • Applicants should be between the age of 13 (rising 8th grader) and 18 (recent high school graduate)
  • Vast experience or knowledge in theater is not required, but passion and enthusiasm is
  • Applicants should be in good academic standing and need to have strong reading skills
  • Students should have extremely few—if any—scheduling conflicts during the dates of the program: courses, rehearsals, performances, etc.
Step One: Application

Step One: Application

Applicants should fill out their short online application.

Once the online application has been submitted, applicants will be contacted with a confirmation of their audition slot and the location of the audition.

Step Two: Audition

Step Two: Audition

Auditions will be ensemble-based group auditions. Students will gather together to perform various exercises together in order for evaluators to see how the students interact with one another and create together.  

Step Three: Admission

Step Three: Admission

Admission is rolling. Acceptances are granted soon after auditions. Early applications and auditions are highly recommended. There is a cap for students that can be accepted into the program.

Students will either be accepted, deferred, or denied.

Accepted students are offered a slot, deferred students will have their notification come at a later date (June 1st at the latest), and denied students will be encouraged to apply again in upcoming years.

No feedback is given post-audition.


Cost: The total cost of the program is $750.00. A $25 online application fee must be paid at the time of submission. If a student is accepted, the remaining $725 will be paid in two installments by check or money order. 

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available to certain students.

The NOLA Project is committed to annually increasing the amount of financial aid available to qualified students.

Within the application there is a section for requesting financial aid. You will be required to specify a requested amount and write a paragraph focused on the following:

  • Why you are interested in attending NPHSI.
  • How financial aid would assist your ability to attend NPHSI.
  • What you hope to creatively gain by studying with The NOLA Project

From there, the letter will be presented to The NPHSI Financial Aid Committee.

The committee will notify applicants of their financial aid status by June 1, 2019.

Financial Aid