Welcome! This year the Anthony Bean Community Theater and Acting School celebrates15 years of excellence in the performing arts.

The Anthony Bean Community Theater (ABCT) was established in Spring 2000 to meet the growing demands of New Orleans area residents seeking a quality, culturally diverse, performing arts venue. The theater also met the needs of individuals seeking to learn the art of acting, set design and theatre management. In recent years, ABCT has become a vehicle to enter New Orleans' booming "Hollywood South" film industry.

ABCT is unique in that it is not only a major theater production company, but a year-round, open enrollment acting school serving both adults and children with an eclectic group of courses designed to meet the basic needs of individuals seeking careers in stage and screen acting, set design and theatre management.  

ABCT believes that the arts have the power to transform people's lives. Our Mission is simple: "to inspire those we serve through the magic of the arts."  The Hallmark of ABCT and that which separates us from "all the rest" is - diversity.  ABCT proudly presents the most diverse theater schedule in the New Orleans area.  Our programing fare includes, the classics; Shakespeare, August Wilson and Tennessee Williams as well as popular drama (Reflections and Misery), comedy (Jar the Floor, Steal Away), and musicals (The Color Purple, Simply Irma and The Phyllis Hyman Story). Most importantly, ABCT mounts original plays such as I'd Rather Be Rich and Say Amen, and showcases our talented kids in perennial favorites: Cats, The Wiz, High School Musical and 504.  

The goal of the ABCT Acting School is to provide an intense, high quality learning and performing opportunity in an atmosphere where young people are encouraged to set goals, take risks and view mistakes as an avenue for learning. ABCT opens students up to the greatness that lies within them and creates an awareness that the Arts are a constructive vehicle of personal expression.

Anthony Bean Community Theater boasts a full professional portfolio including video DVD Productions and an ABCT clothing line. In addition to children and adult acting classes, ABCT offers a youth theater, an after-school program, and the Anthony Bean Community Theater City Choir.  During the summer months, working in conjunction with the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission - ABCT also operates a summer day camp.

We at ABCT wish to express our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support over the past 15 years and we urge you to purchase your PASS for the upcoming season. Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you at our next production.

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Written by August Wilson and Directed by Anthony Bean. The creative team includes: Dane Rhodes (scenic), Vic Woodward (scenic and lighting), Ms. B (costumes), Staci Tolliver (stage manager), and Michelle Briscoe-Long (production manager).

New Orleans, La. August 22, 2014…14 years have come and gone since the Anthony Bean Community Theater completed Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner August Wilson's Century Cycle, becoming one of three theaters to do so. Staying true to its August in September Series, the Anthony Bean Community Theater presents August Wilson's Two Trains Running. Artistic Director Anthony Bean says “Two Trains Running was the first play of the series that we produced at ABCT in 2001. It's only natural that we hit “replay” and begin with the play that whets our appetite for August Wilson’s brilliant works.” Two Trains Running is the powerful, often funny, always compassionate story of ordinary people who find community and hope in a Pittsburgh diner amid the turbulent political upheaval and social change of the 1960s. It is the seventh in Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, chronicling the lives of African-Americans in each decade of the 20th century.

In 1969, the Hill District of Pittsburgh is gentrifying, while the regulars at a popular local diner grind out an existence against the backdrop of a turbulent world. Memphis Lee looks to prevent the demolition of his restaurant in the face of a municipal project, while across the street Mr. West, the local funeral director, has more business than he can handle. It takes a newcomer named Sterling – a young convict with a heart that lives up to his name – to change the rules of the game. Unknowingly, the regulars take up a fight that carries them head on into the Civil Rights Movement. Two Trains Running is an inspiring story about the protest that changed a nation.

The Wilsonian Actors performing will be Will Williams as Memphis, Coti Sterling Gayles as Risa, Harold X. Evans as Hambone, Roscoe Reddix Jr. as Sterling. The cast also includes Zaria Griffin as West, Alphe Williams as Holloway and Dwight E. Clay as Wolf.