MEET THE STAFF

A.J. Allegra

Artistic Director

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David Schulte

Director of Finance and Operations

OUR TEAM

Though we be but small, we are mighty! Click any staff person's name in order to send them an email. 

Keith Claverie

Marketing Director

Beau Bratcher

Associate Artistic Director

Leslie Claverie

Associate Artistic Director

Jenny Billot

Production Manager

Debby Limberg

Box Office Manager

OUR MISSION

The NOLA Project is an ensemble theatre company striving 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 theatre education opportunities.

THE NOLA PROJECT

BOARD of

DIRECTORS

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ALEX TURVY

Board President

Alex Turvy is the Director of School Operations for KIPP Leadership, where he leads a team that is responsible for overseeing daily school operations/logistics, enrollment, facility maintenance, finance, and food service for a K-8 school that serves 900 students.

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ILYANETTE M. BERNABEL

Board Co-Vice President

Ilyanette Marie Bernabel, a self-proclaimed DominiRican (Dominican and Puerto Rican) born in Bronx, New York and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, is a poet, actress, theatre artist and Curatorial Assistant at Longue Vue House and Gardens.

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MEAGHAN CLARK

Board Co-Vice President

Meaghan Clark runs her own marketing and communications consultancy business, working with a wide range of clients from the manufacturing, medical, health and wellness industries.

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ENDYA L. HASH

Board Treasurer

Endya L. Hash is an associate attorney at Katie Lasky Law specializing in bankruptcy and commercial litigation, as well as a member of the Prescription Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute

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EMILY LIPPOLD GUMMER

Immediate Past President

Emily Lippold Gummer is a registered patent attorney and partner with Carver Darden, LLC specializing in intellectual property matters.

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DR. YASIR AHMED

Board Member

Yasir is a board certified MD in Internal Medicine & Family Medicine who is passionate about providing healthcare to medically under-served communities here locally in New Orleans and has had the experience of practicing medicine in a variety of settings.

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ANDREW BRAUN

Board Member

With over 35 years devoted to trying lawsuits and defending his clients in a wide variety of litigation, Andy has earned a stellar reputation among his peers and with his clients for his candid approach and seasoned understanding of the law. 

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MIRANDA CELESTRE

Board Member

Dr. Miranda Celestre earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. She then completed an otolaryngology residency at the University of California located in Los Angeles, California.

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DAVID EMOND

Board Member

David is a social entrepreneur, educator, and youth advocate who has spent the past decade working to create a more equitable ecosystem of opportunity for New Orleans youth.

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ALEX JENNINGS

Board Member

Alex Jennings is a teacher, author, and performer living in New Orleans. His writing has appeared in strangehorizons.com, podcastle, The Peauxdunque Review, Obsidian Lit, the Locus-Award-winning Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler, as well as numerous anthologies

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GEORGIA C. GRESHAM

Board Member

Georgia Gresham is Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts at Loyola University, New Orleans where she served as chair and artistic director of the Theatre Arts and Dance Department for 27 years.

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Todd LaGrange

Board Member

Todd LaGrange, having already attended a few NOLA Project productions, was better introduced to the ensemble via his son's involvement in the High School Summer Intensive program. 

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LOIS SIMPSON

Board Member

Lois Simpson, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, served as the Executive Director of the Advocacy Center of Louisiana.

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CORINNE ASHLEY WILLIAMS

Board Member

Corinne Ashley Williams is a native New Orleanian with a passion for social justice. She is a full-time law student, community organizer, and supporter of the arts

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DALE WILLIAMS

Board Member

Dale Williams is a swimming coach at Holy Cross High School, a water aerobics instructor, and an internationally ranked masters swimmer.

THE NOLA PROJECT

ADVISORY BOARD

Jacquee Carvin

Co-Chair

Julie Livaudais George

Co-Chair

Casie Duplechain

Frank Israel

Hilary Landry

Lesley Melancon

Philip David Nizialek

Kendra Reade

Berney & Ebie Strauss

Donna Gay Anderson

Rich Arnold

Evan Bergeron

Lori Borne

Julie Carter

Jessica Clark Chandamuri

Cecile & Martin Covert

Sophie Harris Vorhoff

Thank you to all of our Advisory Board Members for your continued advocacy and generosity towards The NOLA Project

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