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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

Southern Rep Theatre’s mission is to bring people together through celebrating the history, stories, struggles, and aspirations of the diverse cultures and communities that make New Orleans strong and vibrant. We will be a theatre for all people, creating shared experiences that prompt conversation, spark creativity, nurture empathy, and ignite the imagination. By bringing people together through our inclusive theatre, we will help strengthen our community and foster a just society.

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

Founded in 1986, 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

Aimee Hayes was Producing Artistic Director from 2007 until December 2020. Hayes focused Southern Rep 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.

Following Hayes’ departure, Sam Sweet was named Interim Executive Director in January 2021, with a charge to 1) build internal capacity to promote long-term sustainability and 2) to engage the community, and create and strengthen community connections.

Sacha Grandoit, who had served Southern Rep as its Artistic Coordinator, was named Interim Artistic Director in August 2021.

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 ( 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.

Our Board

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Of Interest

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