(EDITOR’S NOTE: On January 16, 2012, Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans announced that it would be ceasing operations, citing a decline of audience attendance, an increase in rent, and the economy taking its toll. The theater plans on reopening at some point in the future in a new and better facility with a larger audience area and plenty of parking and restrooms. They also plan to put in a stage for children’s theatre, as well as a venue for late night comedy, cabaret acts, and a few secret surprises.)
The Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans has its roots in Piazza Productions, which began in 1985 as the brainchild of René J. F. Piazza, who was then a student at the University of New Orleans majoring in Drama and Communications.
Piazza’s early efforts were video plays, but he eventually began to concentrate on live theatre. Over the next 10 years, he produced shows at the North Star Theatre, True Brew, Monday Night Salon, Blue Moon Theatre, Le Petit Theatre, Contemporary Arts Center, the Rose Dinner Theatre, and many other local venues. Then he formed Actor’s Theater of New Orleans and found a home in the WTIX-FX building, located in the heart of Metairie. Today, the Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans is a collaborative effort of members of the local theatre community and guest artists. Piazza’s plans for the future include an improv troupe and a children’s theatre season.
Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessible: Good
- Performance/Programs: Approximately 5 productions each season (2 seasons per year, Fall and Spring)
- Tickets: General admission $20, Seniors/Students $18
- Subscriptions/Season Tickets: Season subscriptions are $75, including admission to each of 5 season productions.