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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.


International Storytelling Ambassador, Angela Davis, the Yarnspinner shares stories from her native Louisiana roots performing in well over 40 countries and continues to be in demand solely by word of mouth, traveling the world sharing original Louisiana tales and stories from around the world, world tales, and life changing stories, while helping to improve lives


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.


Calliope Puppets may be seen performing anywhere from a dusty Mexican plaza, to a school auditorium, to a formal theater.


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 in Chicago, where he lived for ten years, and in New Orleans, to which he returned in 2002. His poetry appears in the best selling anthology Spoken Word Revolution.


Claudia Baumgarten has performed for and with children and students throughout Louisiana for over 10 years. The venues include schools, libraries and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. She has also been seen on stage, in commercials and in local films.


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.


Frank Levy is a 30 year veteran teacher of writing, speech and dramatics from elementary school through university level, as well as a state certified evaluator for talented theater.


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.


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 masks 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.


Komenka, a 30-member ensemble, is a non-profit group with members from throughout the New Orleans dance and music community. Training with internationally recognized choreographers and musicians is stressed. Costumes are replicas or carefully designed adaptations of authenticated regional folk dress.


Morikeba Kouyate is known throughout West Africa for his electrifying performances and virtuosity with the traditional the Kora. The Kora is a 21- string instrument from the West African countries of The Gambia, Senegal, and Mali. It is an ancient instrument that is part of Africa’s rich spiritual music tradition.



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