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 Rain Denise Wilson and Directed by Robert DoQui

JUNGLE KINGS is a play of redemption, built on a mission, tower create empathy, give voice to the voiceless, stretch hearts and save lives. It explores the inner workings of the mind of 25-year-old Jason Watts aka Baby Cockroach, incarcerated since the age of 15, and the battle that takes place for his soul just days before his parole board hearing. We are taken on a journey through his life, as the influences in his life are used like pawns on a chess board to help him decide his next move of life and empower him to rise out of the negative life he has led. Audience members will be mesmerized as they watch the intense struggle Baby Cockroach endured battling his own demons, to make the hard decisions within himself, to emerge from the boy whose gang initiation crime has held him captive, behind bars for the last 10 years of his life, to manhood.

New Orleans, La. January 30, 2016… After 15 years in its original location, the Anthony Bean Community Theater and Acting School is moving to a new site in the coming weeks. As the final production in its current place will be the New Orleans premiere of Rain Denise Wilson’s provocative, thought-provoking drama, ‘Jungle King’. Directed by Robert DoQui and starring some of the finest talents New Orleans has to offer. Heading the stellar cast will be Martin Bats Bradford as Baby Cockroach. Sam Malone as Cockroach and Damien Moses as Monster. Production dates will be three weekends, February 12-28. Also featuring the talents of Josef Pons as the Hypnotist. Rodney Graham as Bean, D.C. PauL as Proper Boy, Tomeka L.Williams as Mother, Robert D. DoQui as Professor, Zeb Hollins as Mr. Jenkins, Carlos Antonio as Mr. Williams and Denzel Johnson as Mr. Darian.

Martin Bats Bradford as Baby Cockroach. Sam Malone as Cockroach and Damien Moses as Monster.