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Splendour Harmonies 

Droopy Lukes


Vernel Bagneris, Tommy St. Cyr, Adelle Gautier and Josephine Sacabe

[ Press Photo ]


For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf


by Ntozake Shange 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf  (1979) – Ntozake Shange 

Gautier toured with New Orleans-based Junebug Productions, Dog and Pony Theater Company, Chakula cha Jua Theater Company and the Boston-based CityStage Company. She also performed on stages at Southern Repertory, Anthony Bean Theater Company, Ethiopian Theater, Contemporary Arts  Center, and Spoleto Festival / USA. She has had lead roles in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, August Wilson’s Fences, Gem of The Ocean, Rob Florence’s Burn K-Doe Burn (Katrina: The Mother-In-Law of ‘Em All), and  Having Our Say [The Delany Sisters’: First One Hundred Years.]

Having Their Say 

by Emily Mann

Adelle Gautier and Carol Sutton  – Arthur W. Tong (Photo)

[Adelle Gautier and Carol Sutton portrayed the Delany sisters in the play, Having Their Say by Emily Mann.]

Carol Sutton and Adelle Gautier

Carol Joan Sutton *****

(December 3, 1944 – December 10, 2020) was an American actress of theater, film, and television, best known for her appearances in the films Steel Magnolias, Monster’s Ball, and Ray. 

Carol Dickerson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended the Xavier University Preparatory School and then later enrolled at Xavier University but dropped out after marrying Archie Sutton, whom she later divorced. She worked for Total Community Action and earned certification in early childhood development from Texas Southern University in Houston. She was also a parishioner at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church in New Orleans.
Acting career
She joined the Dashiki Project Theatre in the 1960s. Her acting debut came in the 1974 television show The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Sutton devoted much of her career to the theater and also served as an acting teacher in her hometown. She recorded a large number of supporting roles in American film and television, participating in productions such as The Pelican Brief, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, American Horror Story: Coven, True Detective, Kidnap, The Last Exorcism, Outer Banks, and Killer Joe. In 2012, Sutton received a New Orleans Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019, Sutton played Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.
Sutton died on December 10, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Orleans at age 76, seven days after her birthday. She is interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana. The sixth episode of the second season of Outer Banks, titled “My Druthers“, is dedicated to her memory.


[ Historical, (adapted from the book Having Our Say by Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany and Bessie Delany ] 

“African-American sisters Sadie and Bessie Delaney, both over 100 years old, tell their stories, including growing up as the daughters of a former slave turned respected professor, maintaining professional careers, and integrating a New York suburb, in this adaptation of the real-life sisters’ book of the same name.” ]

Spell #7 

by Ntozake Shange 

Boston Center for the Arts


by James Baldwin

THE AMEN CORNER” by James Baldwin  – Jose L. Garcia (Photo)

Nevis Mountain Dew

by Steve Carter

Dashiki  Project Theatre

Nevis Mountain Dew (1983). Dashiki Project Theater production at CAC, New Orleans.
(standing) Harold Evans, Barbara Hunter, Earl Nelson, Gwen Foxworth, Eddie Bolds.
Adella Gautier (seated).


by Dennis McIntyre

Eugene Lee and Adelle Gautier in Dashiki Project Theatre’s production of Dennis McIntyre’s SPLIT SECOND. New Orleans, LA (Oct. 1984)


by August Wilson                                                                                                                                                                                         Tommye Myrick
LePetit Theater

Ted Jackson (Photo)

Adelle Gautier acts along side with her daughter, Amber Zu-Bolton in FENCES.

The Petit Theatre (1992)


Joe Turner’s Come and Game

by August Wilson


August Wilson's The Pittsburgh Cycle. Donald Lewis, Wilbert Williams, Charles Bosworth, Coti Gayles, Adella Gautier and Harold Evans, from the 2006 production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

Donald Lewis, Wilbert Williams, Charles Bosworth, Coti Gayles, Adella Gautier, and Harold Evans, from the 2006 production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.

The Pittsburgh Cycle

August Wilson’s crowning achievement is The Pittsburgh Cycle, his series of ten plays that chart the African American experience throughout the twentieth century. All of them are set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District except for one, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which is set in Chicago. The cycle is also known as his ‘Century Cycle’.





by August Wilson


“Gem Of The Ocean”
(5/2007) – Donald Lewis, Jr. · Harold Evans · Wilbert Williams · Coti Gayles · Adella Gautier – Photo: (Cahill Archives)

Vieux Carre

by Tennessee Williams                                                                                                                                                                               Marigny Opera House                                                                                                                                                                                      2018

Jake Bartush, right, plays the Writer (representing the young Tennessee Williams) in ‘Vieux Carre.‘ Others in the cast include, from left, Levi Hood, Adella Gautier, Tracey Collins, Janet Shea, LaKesha Glover, and Megan Whittle.  – (James Kelley)

Vieux Carré
Marigny Opera House.
August 25, 2018 · New Orleans, LA ·

 Janet Shea and Adella Gautier


Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare                                                                                                                                                                                 Directed by Frederick Mead                                                                                                                                                                         2015                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anthony Bean Community Theater

Anthony Bean Community Theater

Adella Gautier, Marie Becnel, and Martin Bats Bradford

Martin ‘Bats’ Bradford and Adella Gautier are two of the stars of the Anthony Bean Community Theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure.’ (Courtesy of the Anthony Bean Community Theater)

Anthony Bean Community Theater & Acting School was established in the spring of 2000. As of 2016, the company was New Orleans’ only African-American community theatre. Founder Anthony Bean established the theater and drama school with the goal of representing those who “have no voice”.

Anthony Bean

Anthony Bean grew up in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. Words have long been a passion for Anthony Bean. While attending John McDonogh High School, he founded the Ethiopian Theater with a group of students in the drama club. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and continued working with what had now become a professional theater company.

Upon returning to New Orleans, Bean opened the Anthony Bean Community Theater and Acting School in a former school building of St. Matthew United Church of Christ on Carrollton Avenue. It has produced noteworthy shows like the critically acclaimed comedy “Steal Away,” Regina King’s story about ladies of the Negro Women’s Organization for Youth Education who find inventive ways of sending girls to college; “Good Night, Irene” starring Grammy-winning blues artist and actor Chris Thomas King; and “Simply Irma,” a musical drama about the life and times of the music queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, who also starred as herself.

Anthony Bean is multi-faceted as he boasts a full professional portfolio including an ABCT clothing line, youth theater, after-school program, adult acting classes, and video DVD Productions. Bean also operates a summer day camp, in conjunction with the New Orleans Recreation Department. Anthony Bean Theater buys St, Raymond Catholic Church, February 2016. Pending school board approval, Bean also hopes to open a Creative Arts Academy for middle school students.

Anthony Bean and his company have received numerous awards and recognition throughout its 13 years of existence in the New Orleans area. Awards includes Anthony Bean’s Day in New Orleans by the New Orleans City Council. 2012 Trailblazer Award at the Southern Black Theatre Festival. More than 20 Ambie Awards and 15 Big Easy Awards for Theater excellence. In 2010 received the Community Arts Award by the New Orleans Arts Council and Data Newsweekly Trail Blazer Award. If you seen New Orleans youth in the movies and commercial recently, you can bet most of them came out of the Anthony Bean Community Theater and Acting School.

While drawing from a regional and national talent pool, The Anthony Bean Community Theater remains committed to a strong local presence and are forging partnerships with local organizations that are working to reach beyond the barriers of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.


Carol Sutton, Adelle Gautier and Anthony Bean



Make Mine Bourbon

by Teddy Sciacca

Le Petit Theatre (Children’s Corner stage”

Teddy Sciacca’s original New Orleans comedy “Make Mine Bourbon“, transferred from the Le Petit Children’s Corner stage

Le Petit Theatre

Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, a 501(c)3 organization, is passionately dedicated to presenting the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of the greater New Orleans area. By offering a full season of contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, musicals, and children’s productions, as well as master classes and special events, the theatre embraces the work of the city’s professional artists both onstage and backstage, all the while nurturing and mentoring up-and-coming talent with its array of outreach programs.


New Orleans’ most historic playhouse, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, has played an important role in our nation’s theatrical history since 1916. Located just off of Jackson Square, we have called our current stage at 616 St. Peter Street, New Orleans LA  home since 1922.

Since moving into its current home in 1922, the “Little Theatre” has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals. Hundreds of actors, designers, directors, and technicians, both locally and nationally, have shared their talents to make Le Petit a true shining star in the theatrical world.

Ain’t Got No Home

Written and Directed by Butch Caire


Ain’t Got No Home

Ain’t Got No Home

April Louise, Adella Gautier, Butch Caire, Troi BechetDonald Edward Lewis, Allee Peck 

There was never a project that Adelle Gautier was involved in that wasn’t greatly improved by her presence. When I first contacted her about appearing in “70, Girls, 70 “, her first comment was that she couldn’t sing…but that didn’t stop her. And, she received a nomination for her work.
Years later, when she came to see “Blueberry Hill,” she insisted afterward that I write another show in which she could play a “Sunday woman” (by which she meant tawdry.) So, I did.
Farewell, Adella, the world will miss you but never forget you! 😢❤️”  
– Butch Caire

70, Girls, 70

by Fred Ebb and Norman L. Martin adapted by Joe Masteroff                                                                                               Lyrics by Fred Ebb, and Music by John Kander.                                                                                                                             JazzFest                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2019

70, Girls, 70

David Meltzer, Peter Gabb, Helen Blanke, Abby Lake, Linda Hubchen, Walter Bost, Adella Gautier,              Jimmy DeMontluzin, Claire Conti, Scott Sauber



Infringe Fest New Orleans – Bar Redux


“She never was haughty or prideful. She gave me funky spunk and jazz energy. I felt like she was an Eartha Kitt type that I could touch…” 



Miss Sepia LaFleur (Adelle LeWhodatier Gautier) [as Eartha Kitt]. – Louis Maistros Photography




TNT/Warner Bros. Television Distribution



Adella Gautier, Jason Lee and Sam Hennings






Code Black Entertainment


Code Black Entertainment


TriStar Pictures/Sony Pictures


Stephan James and Adelle Gautier “WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL” TriStar Pictures/Sony Pictures – (

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL” TriStar Pictures/Sony Pictures – (







TMP Films – Distributed by Chiller Films


Distributed by Chiller Films



Double Dutch


CLAWS – TNT –  (Iforcolor)


Entertainemnt One








Adella Gautier and Rutina Wesley

QUEEN SUGAR- – Oprah Winfrey Network (

The Opera Game

Ken Mask Studios


The Opera Game

The Opera Game



Patrick Sanderson
Zach Jenkins and Patrick Sanderson








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