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The NOLA Project Summer Intensive is our opportunity to bring the principles of bold ensemble-based theatre to our community's young theatre artists. With a focus on group storytelling, imagination, voice, and character development, our unique program is known for bringing a more personal touch and ensemble mentality to our training and student productions. 

In 2021, we are excited to present a summer student production of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER by Rick Elice, directed by NOLA Project Artistic Director A.J. Allegra. This wildly imaginative prequel to the classic Peter Pan story was a hit on Broadway and combines dozens of wild characters, both familiar and new, with an incredibly theatrical form of storytelling and wonderful sense of humor. 

Due to Covid restrictions, this year's program will consist of daily rehearsals only, rather than morning classes and afternoon rehearsals. This will allow us to keep our student numbers (20 max) down and keep time inside together to an essential minimum.


This year, for the first time, we are also offering the opportunity for 3 students to participate as design-oriented apprentices. These students will work side by side with our professional designers and staff to help build sets, design props, and assemble costumes. 

All interested theatre students age 12-17 should apply with the assistance of a guardian by selecting the application link below. Students in need of financial aid (program cost is $450) can request this by filling out our financial aid questionnaire before applying. 

Our organization is very committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for ALL students. We work to build an artistic environment that is antiracist, diverse, and inclusive of all individual identities. This production will encourage students to portray characters of differing genders, ages, and experiences of their own. We believe that the foundations of empathy and compassion are built on such artistic experiences. 

If students or parents have further questions, please email A.J. Allegra at


We cannot wait to get back on stage for the first time in more than a year with this wonderful celebration of the imagination!

Nola Project