The Performing Arts Center, formerly home to Southern Rep Theatre, will re-open as, the Andre Cailloux Center (ACC) for Performing Arts & Cultural Justice, a Black Woman led, BIPOC community serving, multi-tenant, performance art venue. This cultural reclamation of space prioritizes telling the stories of culturally unrepresented or misrepresented communities and supports a multi-layered BIPOC, community based, youth & student programming across multiple creative disciplines such as theatre, dance, opera, music and film. The Performing Arts Center appreciates your support and will re-emerge from this global pandemic better, greater & ready to serve the Bayou Rd, 7th Ward, and greater BIPOC performing art communities.
A collective vision
Lauren E. Turner is the Founder and Creative Director of No Dream Deferred-NOLA, a local company engaged in theatrical productions. An award-winning director and highly sought-after producer and director, Turner’s knowledge of the performing arts and arts management will guide the project in its structuring of the residency programs for all other participating companies. Given the growing reputation and critical acclaim for its theatrical works, No Dream Deferred will also launch a new program in Spring 2023 which will serve as a bi-annual signature performing arts event for both the company and the Center, and will support black artists from both New Orleans and the Gulf South region.
Dr. Robin G. Vander is an Associate Professor at Xavier University of Louisiana and is a cofounder of its Performance Studies Laboratory (PSL). As an interdisciplinary scholar, Vander will support the Center in its exploration of the black experience throughout the worldwide African Diaspora and will develop linkages between the Center and the PSL to introduce university students to performing arts opportunities via internships, workshops, and in dialogues with performing arts professionals and social justice activists working on behalf of the communities throughout the Diaspora.
Dr. David Robinson-Morris is the Founder and Chief REImaginelutionary of The REIMaginelution, LLC, a strategic consulting firm. With his extensive background working with organizations on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), Robinson-Morris will help to shape the Center policies and its community engagements through public programs that are meant to engage citizens, elected officials, organizational and community leaders, and activists conversation and dialogue.