Mission & History


Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, a 501(c)3 organization, is passionately dedicated to presenting the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of the greater New Orleans area. By offering a full season of contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, musicals, and children’s productions, as well as master classes and special events, the theatre embraces the work of the city’s professional artists both onstage and backstage, all the while nurturing and mentoring up-and-coming talent with its array of outreach programs.


New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, has played an important role in our nation’s theatrical history since 1916. Located just off of Jackson Square, we have called our current stage at 616 St. Peter Street home since 1922.

Since moving into its current home in 1922, the “Little Theatre” has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals. Hundreds of actors, designers, directors, and technicians, both locally and nationally, have shared their talents to make Le Petit a true shining star in the theatrical world.

The theatre underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2012-2013 as part of an agreement to sell a portion of its building to Dickie Brennan & Company, which renovated a portion of the space for Tableau, a restaurant serving New Orleans Creole cuisine. During the renovation, Le Petit was outfitted with new dressing rooms, offices, education and rehearsal space, as well as updates to its historic auditorium.

In 2015, new leadership was appointed to the theatre as Maxwell Williams, Artistic Director, and Katie Hallman, Managing Director, were welcomed to the helm. Le Petit celebrates its 100th Anniversary Season in 2016-2017.