• Lauren E. Turner and India Mack envision a smartly managed theatre that is equitable and inclusive for the greater New Orleans metro area. Through several strategic planning sessions, they begin to create a strategic plan to launch such a company in 2019. The idea is simply to create a community anchored theatre that prioritizes a New Orleans community audience.




  • No Dream Deferred NOLA is registered/incorporated with the state of Louisiana

  • No Dream Deferred  produces its first production MOJO by Alice Childress, in partnership with Southern Rep Theatre and Loyola University.




  • No Dream Deferred gains fiscal sponsorship and start up guidance through National Performance Network

  • No Dream Deferred produces International Day of Women’s Voices Festival




  • Producing Artistic Director, Lauren E. Turner, is listed among “6 Theatre Workers to Know in American Theatre” by American Theatre Magazine/ Theatre Communications Grouphttps://www.americantheatre.org/2018/09/06/6-theatre-workers-you-should-know-27/.

  • No Dream Deferred produces  Black August: A Call To Action, with generous support from VERA Institute of Justice, Tulane University and Equal Justice Initiative

  • No Dream Deferred creates its Executive Steering Committee

  • No Dream is awarded residency space through the inaugural launch of the SALON Artist[s] in Residence in partnership with Canal Place by Arts Council New Orleans

  • No Dream Deferred produces a studio reading of 100 Plays for the First 100 Days by Suzan Lori Parks




  • No Dream Deferred curates a gallery exhibit honoring the legacy of Black Theatre in New Orleans titled "The Beautiful Ones, New Orleans Theatre: A Living Legacy"

  • No Dream Deferred produces a studio reading of POOF! by Lynn Nottage

  • No Dream Deferred produces the workshop development reading of WOKE: A Dream Play by Amelia Parenteau

  • No Dream Deferred moves into its new home at Beaubourg Theatre [ 614 Gravier St.] in the Central Business District in New Orleans.

  • No Dream Deferred announces its inaugural play season in June of 2019, featuring 3 mainstage shows, 1 theatre for families, 3 playwriting workshops and 1 performance presentations.

Herstory of No Dream Deferred 

Our Story

Launched in 2016, No Dream Deferred started as a vision for equitable and inclusive theatre in New Orleans. As a community-anchored theatre that prioritizes our New Orleans audience, we produce culturally relevant work written by playwrights that have been historically marginalized. 


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