Swine Palace was founded in 1992 in association with LSU Theatre as a nonprofit professional theatre company supporting the educational mission of the School of Theatre. Today, the school remains one of a handful of programs in the country with an affiliate Equity theatre providing our students the opportunity to work alongside leading professionals and giving our patrons access to some of the brightest talent in the country. Since its inception, Swine Palace has produced over 80 productions including many regional and world premieres. Recent productions – such as DISGRACED, CLYBOURNE PARK, A FREEMAN OF COLOR and COCKTAIL, a world premiere chronicling the work of Thai pharmaceutical scientist and HIV-AIDS activist, Krisana Kriaisintu – have all contributed to Swine Palace’s mission to produce plays of social relevance. In addition, Swine Palace seeks projects which draw focus to the state of Louisiana, such as our China tour of Wendy Wassersteins’s THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, performed at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and the Beijing Central Academy of Drama in June 2007. Most recently, Swine Palace produced the world premiere of Leigh Fondakowski’s SPILL, which is a docu-drama based on interviews with those people impacted by the 2010 BP oil spill.
Swine Palace is the recipient of the 2006 YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge’s Racial Justice Award, given to an individual, organization, or business for exceptional or creative contributions to the elimination of racism, and the 2006 Louisiana Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Large Arts Organization.
In summer of 2011, Swine Palace’s world premiere production of COCKTAIL was one of 35 productions chosen by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology to represent the United States at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, the world’s largest theatre design exhibition and competition. Original designs by LSU Department of Theatre faculty E.J. Cho in sound design, and James Murphy in set design, as well as LSU alumna Polly Boersig in costumes design were on display at the exhibit.
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