2541 Bayou Rd: Performing Arts Center
Originally constructed in 1915, the St Rose de Lima Church served its congregation until 2005. Following Katrina, the church was deconsecrated by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and then purchased by Rose CDC and Alembic in 2016. The church now boasts multiple performance areas to showcase and advance the performing arts: a mainstage theater seating approximately 125 patrons for major productions; an open performance area inside the front of the church with a lounge and bar for a range of performance types; and an outdoor plaza and that opens up the building and programs directly to Bayou Road. From 2018 to early 2021, the performance space was home to Southern Rep Theatre, but now Alembic and Rose CDC are leading the facility in a new direction that can better serve community.
Alembic and Rose CDC are excited to transform the performance facility into a multi-tenant, multi-use BIPOC community centered, performance arts center that also serves as a venue for other compatible organizations and small businesses. The facility is expected to include a mix of resident theatre companies that reside on campus in their entirety and presenting arts organizations that have offices elsewhere but will make the campus their performance home. This new direction will allow programming to expand to be more inclusive and accessible to community members seeking opportunities for creative expression.