Le Petit Theatre Appoints Cooper As Executive Director
NEW ORLEANS – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré’s Board president Barbara Motley announced Don-Scott Cooper will join the historic theatre as executive director on Dec. 4.
Cooper served as the general manager of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier nonprofit theater organization since 2011. Cooper will work alongside Maxwell Williams who was appointed as the Theatre’s artistic director in 2015 and is currently overseeing his third Mainstage Season.
Cooper has managed more than 100 theater productions in New York and San Francisco throughout his career. A respected theater administrator, he recently managed the construction and renovation of A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, which opened in San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood in 2015. He has also served on the board of Theatre Bay Area since 2013 and is a member of the Board of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).
“Joining the team at Le Petit Theatre is thrilling to me,” said Cooper. “I’ve loved New Orleans for years, and it’s an honor to join such a beloved theatre company, particularly at a time when it is poised for significant growth and increased commitment to the city. I look forward to working with Barbara, Max and the staff. I am very proud to be leading such an important institution in the cultural landscape of New Orleans.”
Williams said, “After an extensive national search, I am thrilled that the Board has appointed Don-Scott to be the executive director of Le Petit Theatre. Not only because of his extensive experience and record of excellence, but because his deep passion for theater and for New Orleans is immediately palpable. I’m very excited to share the leadership of Le Petit with him. We will work together to initiate new types of programming and partnerships that use the theater space in ways that engage new audiences and the larger theater community, providing unique benefits to the city and the French Quarter.”
“Over the past few years, Le Petit Theatre has taken bold moves to ensure sustainable operations,” Motley said. “The Board will now focus the Theatre’s efforts on expanding its impact. Our goal is to contribute locally, while also becoming a part of the national theater pipeline. With the hiring of this leadership team Le Petit Theatre is stepping into its next century as a mature professional producer and presenter of excellent classics and newly minted work. Max and Don-Scott are going to bring strategic thinking and fresh ideas to the organization as we head into a very exciting period of growth.”
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré is one of the oldest local theaters in the country. It was established in 1916 and has operated continuously as a producing theater ever since, first as a community theatre, then transforming into the professional theater it is today. For nearly nine decades, the theater has been housed in a historic French Quarter building of the same name. It features a 325-seat house hosting five main stage productions, casting both equity and non-equity performers.