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, www.swinepalace.org