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Young Audiences works with trained artists from around Louisiana to provide engaging and innovative programs for your classroom. Below you will find a directory of leading artists and arts-educators in the state of Louisiana. 



This beloved storyteller is renowned for her vibrant performances which bring history to life and open the imaginations of all who listen.


Since 2010, Alex has visited more than 100 schools throughout the gulf coast to share his books and to encourage kids to read, write and follow their dreams.


Roscoe Reddix Jr. is a graduate of Howard University with a BFA in Theater Arts and Directing. He is the founder of Spirit Talk, a dance and story theater based in New Orleans that performs works infused with the rich folklore of the African Diaspora.


Entertaining audiences of all ages, this Preservation Hall musician plays Gospel hymns, New Orleans Jazz, anthems from the Civil Rights Movement and modern day songs of inspiration and pride to trace the legacy of Black American music in America.


Chuck Perkins is a favorite performer of spoken word poetry and purveyor of New Orleans culture. His poetry appears in the best selling anthology Spoken Word Revolution.


Claudia includes imagination, creativity, participation and positive messages to make her storytelling, theater and singing, which she has performed for many years in many places, exciting to children.


Mike Dunkley of the "Dragon Master Showcase" brings the excitement of fast-paced acrobatics to any school function.


Curtis Pierre, the "Samba Man" of New Orleans, is the founder and Director of Casa Samba the first School of Samba in Southern Region of the south.


Dave James is a professional guitarist, singer, songwriter, and educator who has been working with Young Audiences for the past four years.


Donald Lewis, Jr. currently teaches drama and storytelling in the Recovery School District’s talented arts program and performs regularly at schools across the state with Young Audiences of Louisiana.


Having worked for years in barrooms and honky-tonks playing over 150 shows a year, Gal Holiday is known for their honest and authentic live performances.


An award winning arts educator and music therapist, Ms. Joseph is currently a Master Teaching Artist with Young Audiences of New Orleans, and is performer with New Orleans Opera's MetroPelican program.


Goat in the Road Productions is a New Orleans based performance ensemble dedicated to the production of original and invigorating new works of theatre, dance, performance art, and educational programming.


As a recognized expert on Native American and American Colonial history, Perkins has inspired many audiences over the years sharing tales of ancient cultures as a 'tribal storyteller', and as a teacher of various subjects in Louisiana's school system.


Ivoire Spectacle is an authentic West African ensemble directed by Ivory Coast master percussionist, Seguenon Kone. The high energy multi-instrument group plays traditional and contemporary African music, using traditional clothing and stylized choreography.


Javier was honored with a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship for performance in dance. He was selected as Performing Artist of the year 2005 in St. Tammany Parish. Javier and his partner were featured flamenco dancers in Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” presented by the New Orleans Opera in April of 2009. Javier has been a Young Audiences' artist since 1994.


We are a group of performing artists from the Acadiana area of Louisiana. Our 2018 "Never Give Up!" summer library tour was a huge success... over 5000 kids reached! Now, we are focused on the upcoming school year with our anti-bullying program, "Drop The B.E.A.T." (Bullying Ends After Talking). Help us combat bullying by having us at your school with this or any of our other programs/workshops for 2018/2019!


Komenka is a non-profit group with members from throughout the New Orleans dance and music community who have trained with internationally recognized choreographers and musicians. Costumes are replicas or carefully designed adaptations of authenticated regional folk dress.


Kumbuka Collective presents African folklore from Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. Members of the Collective are dancers, musicians, historians, jewelers, drum makers, costume designers and painters.


Author, storyteller, and life-long performer, Lynda Deniger, brings the animals and elements of Louisiana's ecology to life in dynamic presentations of her fun-to-read children's books.




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