Marigny Opera House Fact Sheet
Founded: January 2, 2012
Location: 725 St. Ferdinand Street; New Orleans, LA 70117; (504) 948-9998 Mailing Address: 2718 Dauphine St.; New Orleans, LA 70117
Contact: Dave Hurlbert, Executive Director (504) 322-8995; firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: The Marigny Opera House is a non-denominational, neighborhood church of the arts. It is supported by the Marigny Opera House Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization founded by the building's owners, Scott King and Dave Hurlbert. The building's day-to- day operations and events are all subsidized by the Friends of the Marigny Opera House and other donors, grants from foundations and government organizations, receipts from ticketed arts events, and income from occasional rentals for wedding ceremonies and film shoots. Performing artists and arts/community organizations do not pay any rent for use of the space; tickets sold for any public performance are split between the artist/group and the Marigny Opera House Foundation---with the artists receiving at least 60% of all proceeds.
Mission: The mission of the Marigny Opera House Foundation is to support New Orleans-based performing artists by offering the church for creating, rehearsing and performing new work. Our goal is to build an appreciation and understanding of dance, opera, theater, classical music and jazz among the children and adults of the Marigny/Bywater and the city at large. We encourage and nurture local performing artists, who otherwise have few opportunities to develop and present their work in New Orleans. In 2014, the Marigny Opera House founded the Marigny Opera Ballet.
Marigny Opera House Board of Directors: Regina Wilkins, President; Scott R. King, Treasurer; Christine Robichaux, Secretary; Dave Hurlbert, Executive Director; Eileen Day, Josephine Sacabo, Dalt Wonk, Rick Fifield, and Julian Mutter.
Marigny Opera Ballet: The Marigny Opera Ballet is the resident dance company of the Marigny Opera House. The Company, led by Co-Directors Dave Hurlbert and Spencer Doyle, employs eight dancers, a Rehearsal Director, Music Director and Technical Director. The inaugural program for 2014/2015 included three programs of original works performed to live music, and two of its premieres received awards from the Gambit Tribute to the Classical Arts. The second season-October 2015 through May 2016-included the premiere of ORFEO, a full-length ballet set to an original orchestral score by local composer Tucker Fuller, along with three other highly-acclaimed productions.
Arts Organizations We Support: Crescent Chamber Artists, Fleur de Lys Chamber Orchestra, Make Music NOLA, Narcisse Movement Project, New Resonance Orchestra, OperaCréole.