Mission & History


Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré serves our community by inspiring a love of live theater. We present the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the vitality of the arts community.


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.

Commitment to the Community 

Le Petit Theatre is committed to celebrating and including the diverse identities, cultures and history that make up our unique and rich community. It is our goal and commitment to open our doors wide and to actively create and maintain an inclusive and diverse environment on stage, backstage and in our audiences. We know that the many different people and cultures that make up New Orleans only enrich our organization and strengthen the work we produce and share for all.

We believe that the arts can transform communities, open minds and reflect and impact the world. That is why we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our organization and programming. Le Petit Theatre is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment for all regardless of race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography or religion.

We pledge to continue to grow and evolve and, most importantly, listen to diverse voices. We believe we will all be far richer for that diversity and inclusion.