The nonprofit NOLA Project was started in 2005 by New Orleans native Andrew Larimer during his time at the Stella Adler Studio at NYU, and has been producing theater in New Orleans ever since. Originally conceived as a means of doing a single show (Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, in August 2005) the company is now firmly entrenched on the Big Easy’s theater scene. The company strives to produce intriguing, thought provoking and entertaining theatre experiences; recent successes have included a sold-out run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, staged in the Beschoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and a co-production of McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore with Southern Rep.
Proving the power of the city’s allure, most of the company is made up of transplants who studied together at NYU, went down to do shows in New Orleans, and wound up staying. A few locals have elbowed their way in; a handful of company members live in other cities. Still young, the NOLA Project continues to grow, through collaborations with Southern Rep, Cripple Creek, UNO and The New Orleans Museum of Art, mirroring the continuing growth and revitalization of the New Orleans theater scene.
The NOLA Project Information
- Public Transportation: Varies by venues
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
- Performances/Programs: The company presents 1–6 shows per year
- Ticket Prices: Prices vary from $10–$25 depending on show and venue. Student discounts are often available.