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 Tennesee Williams. Directed by janet Spencer.

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival may last only one week, but New Orleans' love for the plays by this great southern writer lasts all year.  The Anthony Bean Community Theater is proud to announce its presentation of one of his masterpieces: "The Glass Menagerie", opening April 10th and running three weekends through April 26th. Featuring an all-Black cast of African Americans. The production captures both the love and desperation of this fascinating but dysfunctional family. Gwendolyne Foxworth, as the mother, Amanda, heads a stellar cast of local actors, including Albert Aubry, Coti Gayles, Dwight Clay and DC PauL.

Gwendolyne Foxworth is a Big Easy Award winner and an ABCT’s Icon honoree, she’s been a member of The Anthony Bean Community Theater since its inception 15 years ago. She’s a Wilsonian actor and her roles include Alberta in “The Sty of the Blind Pig” and the female lead in most of August Wilson’s plays produced by ABCT.  Mr.  Aubry is no newcomer to Tennessee Williams' work, having portrayed Big Daddy in ABCT’s production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" last year.  Ms. Gayles was last seen in August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” and Mr. Clay will be remembered for his performance as Wolf in “Two Trains Running.”  Mr. PauL is winding up his role as Claudio in "Measure for Measure, and will follow his current assignment as Harpo in "The Color Purple," scheduled to open May 22.

Janet Spencer returns to ABCT as director of "The Glass Menagerie," having previously directed an outstanding production of "A Member of the Wedding," featuring Carol Sutton.  For the past five years Ms. Spencer has lived in Texas, writing and directing short comic films and producing the "Off Kilter Comic Film Festival" in Bastrop.  She is delighted to have this opportunity to return to her former home of New Orleans, and to ABCT.  She is especially pleased that her husband, Lyn Caliva, is joining her on this project as lighting designer.

Gwendolyne Foxworth