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Our Mission

After our founding in 1986 by playwright and scholar Dr. Rosary O’Neill, Southern Rep focused on original theatrical voices and producing work that reflected Southern heritage.

About Southern Rep Theatre

& Our Mission

Founded in 1986, Southern Rep Theatre’s mission is to develop and produce new plays that reflect the diversity of the city it calls home, to provide our audience with professional theatre of the highest artistic quality and achievement, and to establish a creative working environment that nurtures theatre professionals. As New Orleans’ leading non-profit professional theatre, we strive to use the artistry of theater to enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences, and further extend that service through educational and outreach programs.

Southern Rep Theatre actively seeks opportunities to engage with ideas, cultures, traditions, and people that reflect the diversity of our world in order to create relevant, visceral and authentic theatre experiences for our community. Our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is reflected in ALL of our artistic and administrative practices.

Our History

Southern Rep Theatre (Southern Rep) is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed regional theatre company that produces bold world premieres, the best of Broadway and off-Broadway, and classic plays under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes. Through our Mainstage Season, Lagniappe Series/new play development and “School to Stage Pipeline” of Arts Education and Professional Development Programs, Southern Rep entertains, educates, and engages audiences with accessible, high-quality productions.

Our Impact

A mainstay of New Orleans’ arts industry for more than 28 years, Southern Rep Theatre is working to promote a stronger, more vibrant, creative community, to encourage a higher quality of life for city residents, and to enhance the city’s longstanding legacy as a hub for culturally important, innovative theatre and art.

Our People

Since being named Producing Artistic Director in 2007, Hayes has focused on new play development, producing many writers during her tenure, including Andrew Hinderaker, John Biguenet, Eric Coble, Zayd Dohrn, Catherine Filloux, Jim Fitzmorris, Ross Maxwell, Tarell McCraney, Peter McElligott, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Joe Sutton, and Steve Yockey.

Southern Rep Acting Company

There are no open positions in the Acting Company at this time; contact Helen Jaksch for more information and to be considered for auditions in the event of open positions.

Employment and Auditions

Audition notices for individual productions and for annual City-Wide Auditions are posted here, on our social media pages, through the New Orleans Theater Network (www.nola-theater.com) and with AEA. Check back regularly for updates. To be added to our mailing list to receive press releases about open calls, sign up and join the “employment and auditions” list!

Our Partners

Southern Rep encourages collaboration by partnering with business groups, environmental advocates, social clubs, academic departments, government organizations, museums, non-profits, media conglomerates, and community coalitions to better engage populations who may be unaccustomed to supporting the arts.

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