NDD's Staff

India Mack is a dancer, writer, and producer from New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated in 2019 with a MFA in Arts Administration at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah where she served as the Graduate Senator. India fulfilled her graduate assistantship requirements at the Utah Shakespeare Festival as the Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Tour Manager and Educational Outreach Specialist. Before graduate school, India taught at charter schools in the Greater New Orleans area. Her passion for teaching and love for the arts led her to found A Village Concept (AVC) in 2012.  AVC provided year-round performing arts training to young artists age 4-18 until 2017. Arts education is at the core of India's work as an artist.  Her long-term goal is to found a school that focuses on art and activism. India received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Speech Communication from Dillard University in New Orleans Louisiana. She is "All The Things," and would like to share all of them with you. Subscribe to our website to receive updates about India Mack and NDD.

India Mack

Creative Executive Director

Lauren E. Turner is a performer/director/ producer and community facilitator. She is driven by her interest in equitable, place-based, culturally relevant theatre especially as it pertains to the global south. Her work lives where storytelling, community building, and politics intersect. Lauren is an artEquity trained Equity, Diversity and Inclusion facilitator. She is a Round 4 recipient in the Leadership U: One-on-One grant program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, designed to further develop prominent emerging leaders and change agents in the American Theatre. Lauren has also served as a Mellon Fellow through Tulane University’s Community Engaged Graduate Program, mentoring Tulane University graduate students who wish to implement community engaged practices into their work. Lauren received her Master of Fine Arts in Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi and her B.A. from North Carolina Central University. When not devising, directing or producing, Lauren is the ringmaster of her very own home circus that she shares with her partner Jason and their three children, Austyn 7, Elijah 4, and Nia 4.

Lauren E. Turner

Producing Artistic Director

NDD's Executive Steering Committee

Samantha Beaulieu

Carol Bixler

Pamela Davis-Noland

Charles Ezeb
Zena Ezeb
Adella Gautier
Lakesha Glover
Diana Lanzas
Sanaa Msemaji

Ellen Siedel
Danielle Stewart-Rapp
Carol Sutton
Stephen Teague
Tiffany Vega-Gibson
Addie Wright Thomason

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 New Orleans' community audience, we produce culturally relevant work written by playwrights that have been historically marginalized. Our values ensure that our productions are relevant, accessible, and affordable for all in our community.

 

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