The Marigny Opera House a non-denominational, neighborhood church of the arts. Our mission as a church is to celebrate the arts as a common spiritual bond among all people. We offer Sunday Musical Meditations and host weekly 12-step meetings in addition to hosting arts, community and religious 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 occasionally available for a limited number of wedding ceremonies.
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 widely admired for the quality of its music. In 1997 the parish was relocated and the building deconsecrated. Scott King and Dave Hurlbert purchased the building in July 2011, with the vision of restoring the historic building and offering it as a resource to the community, and the building was renamed “The Marigny Opera House.”
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 is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Marigny Opera House Dance Company.
SCOTT KING, Founder, is a composer and medical researcher. He is currently producing a new musical, “Gayland,” in collaboration with librettist Christopher St. John. Scott serves on the board of Paul Taylor Dance Company as well as the Marigny Opera House Foundation. He 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. 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, Director, General Manager. Spencer joins the Marigny Opera House after working as a non-profit consultant in San Francisco, California, where he assisted a variety of fine arts non-profit organizations. In his first year at MOH, Spencer co-produced and organized the residency of Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, the Marigny Opera House New Dance Festival, the Third Annual Puppet Festival, the award-winning production of Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610,” among other concerts and recitals. Spencer is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Marigny Opera House Dance Company.
REGINA WILKINS, Chair, Friends of the Marigny Opera House, Box Office Manager. 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.
LEAH FARRELLY, Technical Director. Leah’s Scenic Design credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor and Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Festival); Equus (Promethean Theatre Company). Stage Management credits include: Samson et Dalila and Madame Butterfly (New Orleans Opera); Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Festival); The Lily’s Revenge (Southern Rep), among man others. Off-Broadway credits: Assistant Scenic Designer on Yank! A WWII Love Story, and The Shoemaker, among others. Industrial credits: Assistant Scenic Designer on Martha Stewart Upfront. Leah holds an MFA from Tulane University in Theatrical Design, and a BA from the University of Houston in Acting/Directing.