Education

 There is no greater joy than watching a child have their first theatrical experience. By introducing children to theatre at an early age, we help them to develop critical thinking skills, increase their overall school performance and help them develop into sentient and empathetic adults. Le Petit Theatre has a long tradition of welcoming children through its doors dating back through most of its 103-year history, and in our 19/20 season, we are re-affirming our commitment to education. Not only will we grow our student matinee program to bring more students without access to theatre through our doors, but we will commit to having young people onstage, backstage and fully integrated into the artistic process.

If you are interested in learning more about any of Le Petit's education programs, please contact education@lepetittheatre.com


THE YOUNG CONSERVATORY: ACTOR TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Young Conservatory program at Le Petit will provide students from ages 8 to 18 the ability to develop their talents, perform in professional productions, and gain the confidence to succeed—all in a comfortable, creative, and fun environment. Young Conservatory students will take classes in Voice and Diction, Clowning and Movement, Stagecraft, Stage Presence, and Ensemble Building. Classes will be led by theatre professionals who have a passion for working with young people. Young Conservatory students will gain confidence, learn teambuilding, and grow their performing skills. The Young Conservatory program is fee-based, but Le Petit is committed to providing scholarship to ensure that all qualifying students have access to this important program.

CHECK BACK FOR INFORMATION ON OUR SPRING 2020 SESSION.

For more information, please contact education@lepetittheatre.com.


THEATRICAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: JOB TRAINING IN TECHNICAL THEATRE

The Theatrical Workforce Development Program is a hands-on training program where participants will receive training in multiple areas of technical theatre. The program is open to high school students and recent graduates with a preference given to students in New Orleans who have a demonstrated interest in theatre and the performing arts. Students who attend this workshop will get an overview of many areas of technical theatre including scenic painting, carpentry, lighting, audio, projection, and costumes.

This program is open to high school juniors and seniors, as well as recent high school graduates. The program is free of charge and lunch will be provided. Classes will be held twice a week and will take place at Le Petit Theatre at 616 Saint Peter Street. 

NEXT SESSION: OCTOBER 21-24, 2019

For more information and to enroll, please contact education@lepetittheatre.com.

The Theatrical Workforce Development Program is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).


STUDENT MATINEES FOR LOCAL STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS

Student matinees provide a unique, up close and personal experience of the productions at Le Petit for hundreds of students each season. Each student matinee is followed by a performance is followed by a talk-back during which the cast interacts with students during a brief Q&A session.

Please contact Sara Tweedy at stweedy@lepetittheatre.com to sign-up your class or student organization for a 2019-2020 Season matinee! 

*Please note: our 2019 student matinees of A Christmas Carol are currently fully-booked. Please contact Sara with your school name, contact information, and total number of students/chaperones to join the waitlist.*


INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING STUDENT MATINEES?

Through sponsorship of student matinees, Le Petit will offer free tickets to students without access to live performance. Sponsorship packages will allow corporations and individuals to give the gift of live theatre to the next generation of theatre lovers. The performing arts are a valuable part of a student’s education. Access to live theatre and storytelling helps students to develop critical thinking skills and engenders empathy and understanding of the larger world.

Sponsoring a student matinee provides free tickets for up to 200 students to have their own matinee, including transportation stipends for bussing and an exclusive study guide created to help students engage with the work they are seeing on stage. Sponsorship also provides funding for teaching artists to visit schools before the performance to prepare them for the visit, and a talkback after the show to allow students to connect with theatre makers. Levels and benefits for student matinee sponsorship are:

 
Please contact Amelia Whittington, Director of Development, at 504.558.9328 or awhittington@lepetittheatre.com for more information!