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Arts Education

Southern Rep’s “School to Stage Pipeline” gives students age 4-18 the chance to explore and engage with live, professional theatre, participate in their own productions, and pursue their wildest and most creative dreams.

About Our Programs

Southern Rep’s “School to Stage Pipeline” gives students age 4-18 the chance to explore and engage with live, professional theatre, participate in their own productions, and pursue their wildest and most creative dreams. Whether students are watching a production, taking a trip behind the scenes, or staging their own creation, our programs have proven to improve students’ literacy, critical thinking skills, cooperative abilities, knowledge of theatre as an art form, and creative confidence. To date, more than 18,000 kids have experienced the joy and magic of great theatre through Southern Rep Arts Education Programs. With our scholarship program, steep discount offers, and free events, we’re committed to making sure everybody can get involved!

2019 Summer Camp Workshops

We believe that every young person is an artist.

And we offer Afterschool Workshops in the fall and spring and Summer Camps aimed to encourage and cultivate the artistry, imagination, and creativity of New Orleans’ young artists.

We have workshops for young people ages 4-7, 8-12, and 13-18. These workshops are open to all levels of experience. All your artist needs is excitement and enthusiasm. In every workshop, we use theatre and performance to give young people a safe space to take risks, learn, be silly, play, collaborate, and create. Workshops are eight weeks long and meet twice a week.

Thanks to our sponsors, Southern Rep is able to offer a limited number of need-based scholarships for all our Workshops and Summer Camps; please email for information.

2019 After School Workshops

These workshops have been tailored to be creative, exploratory, and process-based. Both workshops culminate in a performance for families, friends, and loved ones, but we want to make sure that we focus on the progress and experience of each child. As always, we accept all performers without an audition and each child will perform at the end of the workshop. These workshops are about discovering how to use our bodies, voices, and imaginations to create theatre and how to work together. And of course, these workshops are all about fun!

Because we believe that every young person in New Orleans deserves access to arts education programming, we offer scholarships for those families that need financial assistance. If your child is on the cusp of the age ranges, feel free to email us at and we will make sure to place your child in the workshop that is right for them. Each workshop has a cap to ensure the highest quality experience for all participants, so please register early to ensure your child’s spot!

How To Register

to fill out the registration form

to submit payment

Please Note:

Your registration is not complete until Tuition Payment is received. You will receive a confirmation email when your registration is complete. If we do not meet our minimum registration requirement, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop. You will be notified in advance of the first day of class if this happens.


(Youth Onstage New Orleans, La.)

Monday and Wednesday from 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

The YONOLA Afterschool Program will be offered at no cost to families in our 7th ward community and is co-taught by two professional student artists. The program is structured to promote academic/interpersonal skill building and encourage artistic exploration.

Southern Rep Theatre identifies and trains Student Artist-Teachers, who receive ongoing professional development during their fellowship to ensure best practices for the program. All YoNola participants will receive an afterschool snack, homework help and a structured multidisciplinary arts lesson at our theatre space on Bayou Road.

Working with Southern Rep Theatre Artist-Teachers over a number of weeks, students will experience lessons in music, poetry, visual art, dance, chorus, theatre – and much more! Arts lessons are often interdisciplinary, support learning across subjects and can be tailored to individual participants’ interests and goals.

Free and Discount Student Matinee Program

A field trip to the theatre also helps teachers meet Louisiana Educational Benchmarks & Standards ELA-1-M2, ELA-5-M2, ELA-6-M3, and ELA-1-H3, in an innovative setting that is sure to awaken your students’ love for literature and theatre.

In addition, teachers are provided with a Study Guide (which meets the Benchmark requirements) to connect the production to their curriculum. After the show, students are treated to a “talk back” with the cast and crew, allowing them to further engage, and ask questions about the theatrical process.

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