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New Venture Theatre (2017)

Art Rocks!



Genre: Art

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-10-13

Duration: 00:08:44

Subjects: Community theater | New Venture Theatre


  • Fox-Smith, James Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Williams, Greg Interviewee
  • Jones, Christian Interviewee
  • Jackson, Taye-Rafael Interviewee


This segment from the October 13, 2017, episode of the series “Art Rocks!” features producer Dorothy Kendrick’s profile of New Venture Theatre, a predominately African American theater company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She interviews Greg Williams, the founder and artistic director of New Venture, who discusses: his early love for theater; creating New Venture in order to tell new stories for the community; their productions, including “The Color Purple,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Lion King Jr.”; and his hopes for the future. Kendrick also interviews actors Christian Jones and Taye-Rafael Jackson. Host: James Fox-Smith