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YO NOLA (Youth Onstage New Orleans, LA). YO NOLA is a free after school program that will run in partnership with Success Preparatory Academy, a charter school in the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood. .
Each YO NOLA member will serve the company in multiple, rotating rolls, responsible for the running,
operating, and creative output of this junior theatre company. Along with daily mentor supervised operations (including meetings with staff, board, and topic specific committees), members take classes in acting, writing, directing, design, stage management, marketing, fundraising and theatre business management. The company will produce original works, created by the ensemble, which will draw on current events and peer issues, as well as classic literature, fairytales and myths.
Mentors are local and national theatre and business professionals as well as local university graduate students, with visits from guest artists from around the world.
Not only are we nurturing future artists and audience members, but company members of YO NOLA will gain valuable communication and life skills that build self esteem, and invaluable real life tools that can be applied to any path of learning or future employment.
Southern Rep is a participant in the A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, funded by the MetLife Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional American theatre.