Anthony Bean Community Theater
Outside of the theater.
|Address||1333 South Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Current use||Performing arts center|
Anthony Bean Community Theater & Acting School (ABCT) was established in the spring of 2000 to meet the demands of New Orleans, Louisiana area residents interested in learning and participating in dramatic art. As of 2010[update], the center was New Orleans' only African-American community theater. Founder Anthony Bean established the theater and drama school with the goal of representing those who "have no voice".
The plays produced by ABCT are all housed at 1333 South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, inside the school's 300 seat auditorium. The theater has presented numerous hit plays such as August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone and a stage version of Stephen King's Misery and an original musical called 'Simply Irma', starring New Orleans' own queen of soul, Irma Thomas, and a host of others. The company still continues to teach and perform despite the damage done to the New Orleans community by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. 
Situations and characters of the productions reflect relevant issues in the lives of the immediate New Orleans community both past and present. Cast members are usually residents of the City of New Orleans and their theater skill level varies between advanced and first time on stage. Diversity among the skill level of actors for its productions does not create a problem for the theater. The diversity in skill level creates a positive learning environment for those of all theater levels. ABCT believes such diversity is the cornerstone for bringing the young and old together which serves to bridge any gap between the generations.
The acting school is professionally oriented and highly structured; a commitment to focused study is an essential requirement for all students accepted into the program. One of the goals is to realistically prepare individuals for a career in stage and screen acting. The students of the acting school follow an in-depth pre-professional curriculum designed specifically to prepare students for professional careers in theater arts. The faculty consists of highly trained and practicing members of the acting community. The faculty brings a minimum of 10 years of experience in different areas of the dramatic arts. Local and nationally known artists occasionally provide seminars and teach various classes on a semester basis.
ABCT offers day and evening classes in dramatic arts, including acting, stage design, and theater management. During the summer, ABCT, in conjunction with the New Orleans Recreation Department, has provided an eight-week summer youth workshop for young actors in the New Orleans area. The ages for the summer program range from 8–18 years old.
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