The Marigny Opera House a non-denominational, neighborhood church of the arts. It is currently zoned as a residence, and hosts private gatherings as well as specially-permitted public events. The church is supported by the Marigny Opera House Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the work of local performing artists. The Marigny Opera House is only occasionally available for a restricted number of weddings.
The church building was originally Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which was founded in 1847 for German Catholics of the Faubourg Marigny. Constructed in 1853, the church was designed by architect Theodore Giraud. The church was renovated in 1873, with the addition of ceiling and wall frescoes; these were all destroyed in the 1960s by Hurricane Betsy.
Scott King and Dave Hurlbert purchased Holy Trinity Church in July 2011, with the vision of restoring the historic building and offering it as a resource to the community.
DAVE HURLBERT, Founder and Executive Director, is a classical pianist and freelance marketing consultant. Dave also founded Goat Hall Productions—an opera/musical theater company in San Francisco, California. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dave was employed as rehearsal and class pianist for Alexandra Danilova, Leon Danelian, Lew Christensen and Patricia Wilde, and held the position as Principle Company Pianist for the San Francisco Ballet. Dave’s career in marketing and advertising spans 20 years.
SCOTT KING, Founder, is a composer and medical researcher. He is currently producing a new musical, “Gayland,” in collaboration with librettist Christopher St. John. It will be performed in the New Orleans Fringe Festival this November. Scott has sung in operas, and serves on the board of Paul Taylor Dance Company as well as the Marigny Opera House Foundation. Scott runs the Hanuman group of medical research companies, which develop devices and technologies for cell therapy, wound healing and treatment of diseases such as diabetes. VoxPop Films is making a documentary about Scott’s efforts to develop a cure for diabetes. After obtaining degrees from the University of Chicago (SB) and Harvard (MA) he was the first biotechnology investment analyst on Wall Street working for the firm of F. Eberstadt and Company. He is also an Eagle Scout.
SPENCER DOYLE, Associate Director. Spencer joins the Marigny Opera House after working as a non-profit consultant in San Francisco, California, working with a variety of fine arts non-profit organizations. He is thrilled to be living in New Orleans now and is excited for the upcoming season at the Marigny Opera House. In his spare time he enjoys learning more about dance, music, and ancient civilizations.
REGINA WILKINS, Development. Regina founded Friends of the Marigny Opera House in 2012 as a means of support for the Marigny Opera House Foundation’s cultural mission. After earning an MFA at Western Michigan University, she began a twelve year corporate career in national sales development, fiscal management and operations. For the Marigny Opera House, Regina has managed fundraising events and box office administration, among other important roles. In addition, she is an avid photographer and chronicler of New Orleans culture, and is currently renovating a historic home in Tremé.