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Ronald Rand in Let It Be Art


Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance - London’s International Drama School

Washington, D.C.'s Studio Theatre

San Francisco Ballet

Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch - Edwardian Period Style Salon Workshop

Keegan Theatre

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Celebrates its 39th Anniversary

MetroStage Theatre

Swine Palace Theatre

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Ontological-Hysteric Theatre

Amelia Community Theatre

Discovering Lunt & Fontanne

Harlem Repertory Theatre

Santa Fe Playhouse

Opera Colorado

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Coatlicue Theater Company

London's Finborough Theatre

New Repertory Theatre in Boston

The Work of Yat Malmgren: Christopher Fettes’ New Book “A Peopled Labyrinth”

Terry Knickerbocker Studio in New York City

“The meaning of life is to see.”
- Hui Neng

“Love is stronger than differences. We all live on the same planet. We walk on the same earth. We breathe the same air. No matter where I was born, no matter what color skin I have or what religion I was raised to believe in, everything and everyone is connected to this one life. I no longer choose to prejudge others, to feel either superior or inferior. I choose equality – to have warm, loving, open communication with every member of my Earthly family. I am a member of the earth community.”
- Louise L. Hay

“Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of gratitude. I now allow this gratitude to fill my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being. This gratitude radiates out from me in all directions, touching everything in my world, and returns to me as more to be grateful for. The more gratitude I feel, the more I am aware that the supply is endless.”
- Louise L. Hay

“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive – that you can touch the miracle of being alive – then that is a kind of enlightenment.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Swine Palace Theatre at LSU

Founded in 1992, Swine Palace led by Managing Director, Kristin Sosnowsky and Artistic Director, George Judy, is a non-profit, professional company supporting the educational mission of the Louisiana State University Department of Theatre. Since its inception, Swine Palace has produced over seventy productions including many regional and world premieres.

Swine Palace continues to provide South Louisiana with high quality, professional productions of classical and contemporary theater with an emphasis on plays exploring issues of social equity while also serving as a training ground for students in Louisiana State University’s M.F.A. Professional Actor and Technical/Design Training Programs. Producing over seventy professional productions, including several world and American premieres, Swine Palace has also acted as a learning laboratory for Louisiana performing artists.

Free Man of Color

Recent productions include “King Hedley II”, “Speak Truth to Power,” “The Exonerated,” “The Laramie Project,” the world premiere of “Cocktail,” written by Vince LiCata and Ping Chong.

Swine Palace also toured Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles” to the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and the Beijing Central Academy of Drama becoming the first theater to bring a professional production of a Wendy Wasserstein play to China.

Swine Palace current company of actors and actresses includes Fola Afolayan, Stephen Cramer, Jason Lockhart, Nitin Mane, Caitlin Morrison, Maryellen Mulhaire, Michael Pepp, Lance Rasmussen, Cara Reid, Josh Stenvick.


Through their educational outreach, Swine Palace has provided patrons with access to high-caliber, professional theatre, while offering their ‘pay-what-you-can and $12 sneak preview performances, as well as their Project Lagniappe initiative distributing free tickets through area social service organizations to needy individuals, and reduced priced tickets to area school groups.

Book Club Play

Their innovative Community Relations Task Force has helped foster awareness about our productions and have partnered with a variety of organizations including YWCA, LSU Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, Capital City Alliance, LSU School of Human Ecology, U.S. Civil War Center, LSU Ag Center, LSU Women’s Center, LSU Department of History, Spectrum Alliance, Louisiana State Museum, LSU Department of Communications Studies, LSU Department of English, Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans and Hate Crimes Project, University Presbyterian, Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Lagniappe, Women’s Council, Baton Rouge Community College, Southern University, Loyola University, LSU Law Center, LSU School of Social Work, Innocence Project New Orleans, LA Justice Coalition, and 100 Black Men.

Over the years, Swine Palace has also collaborated with different theatre companies including Ping Chong & Company, Shakespeare & Company and the SITI Company in New York City.

Located on the campus of Louisiana State University, the Department of Theatre has a rich tradition dating back to 1928, and today their highly regarded undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in arts administration; design/technology; film and television; performance; physical theatre; theatre studies; and dance (minor). Their graduate program offers a Master of Fine Arts degree with specializations in acting; costume technology and design; scenic technology and design; properties technology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theatre history, dramatic literature, and dramatic theory and criticism.

Swine Palace’s 2015-2015 season includes “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Femi Euba in the Shaver Theatre; “As You Like It” directed by George Judy, as a part of Swine Palace’s SummerFest; “Vieux Carre” by Tennessee Williams, directed by George Judy; and “Julius Caesar” directed George Judy in the Reilly Theatre. For info: Claude L. Shaver Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (225) 578-4174,

"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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