NEW ORLEANS: The NOLA Project has announced the departure of artistic director A.J. Allegra. Ensemble members Leslie Claverie and Pamela D. Roberts have been named associate artistic directors, while Monica R. Harris has been named interim managing director.
“I greatly look forward to taking on my new position within the NOLA Project to usher in an
exciting new chapter for the company,” Harris said in a statement. “I want to express my gratitude to A.J. Allegra and the entire company ensemble for their continued guidance, friendship, and encouragement.”
Harris has been an active member of the New Orleans cultural scene for more than 20 years. She has worked as a director, performer, and producer at theatres all over the country, including at the NOLA Project. Harris is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans.
Harris will work with Claverie and Roberts throughout the NOLA Project’s transition period. Claverie has been a NOLA Project company member since 2016, while Roberts is one of the company’s newest members.
Additionally, David Emond has been named president of the company’s board of directors. Emond is an entrepreneur, educator, and youth advocate.
The NOLA Project has aimed to bring bold, innovative, and imaginative theatre to the people of New Orleans for 18 years. The ensemble theatre project challenges, entertains, and engages diverse New Orleans audiences through productions of classic works, development of new works, and educational opportunities. As of 2022, the theatre had a budget of approximately $306,200.
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