While our primary target audience are the residents of the 9-parish Capital Region, we regularly have patrons visit us from across the state and around the country. Through our educational outreach initiatives, we provide patrons with access to high-caliber, professional theatre produced locally rather than brought in from out-of-state. Our Pay-What-You-Can and $12 Sneak Preview performances place live theatre within reach of any citizen who desires to experience it. Furthermore, through our Project Lagniappe initiative, we distribute free tickets through area social service organizations to needy individuals. We also provide reduced priced tickets to area school groups and complementary curriculum guides to area teachers.
Our innovative Community Relations Task Force works with our artistic and administrative team to foster awareness about our productions and, when appropriate, help us seed key themes (i.e., tolerance) explored on stage in the community. To date, we 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 collaborated with such prestigious theatre companies as Ping Chong & Company, Shakespeare & Company and the SITI Company, New York. In the process, we’ve begun to place Louisiana’s cultural scene on the national radar. As a professional theatre company, Swine Palace maintains a formal relationship with Theatre Communications Group, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors’ Equity Association, and United Scenic Artists.
LSU Department of Theatre
A long and rich tradition extending back to 1928
The 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). The 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.