2541 Bayou Rd: Southern Rep Theatre
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. Southern Rep Theatre, which had lost its long-time home downtown in Canal Place, had originally been pursued by Hal to be a part of the project in 2011. While the timing didn’t work out then, Rose CDC and Alembic are very excited to have reached an agreement with Southern Rep this time to serve as a permanent anchor on Bayou Road.
Southern Rep, New Orleans’ acclaimed production company of more than 30 years, has created three 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 hosting cabaret, independent and emerging theatre companies, children’s performances, readings, concerts and solo acts; and an outdoor plaza and performance area that opens up the building and programs directly to Bayou Road. Southern Rep will also expand its ongoing programming for youth, including afterschool and summer camp workshops as well as free theatre classes, as well as other community members seeking opportunities for creative expression.