Swine Palace was founded in 1992 in association with LSU Theatre as a nonprofit professional theatre company supporting the educational mission of the Department of Theatre. Today, the department 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 60 productions including many regional and world premieres. Recent production – such as SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER; THE EXONERATED; HAIR 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.
Swine Palace is the recipient of the 2006 YWCA of GReater Baton Rouge’s Racial Jusitice 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.