NEW NOISE has been creating visually-intense, physically-demanding, original ensemble theater in New Orleans since 2008. Our performances feature live music and immersive environments, and they often take place in reinvented, non-traditional venues. NEW NOISE works to advance ensemble practice through Voicebox, a community workshop series with master artists, and through Sound Off!, an annual festival of works-in-progress by local ensembles.
photo by Bear Hebert

Phil Cramer

Artistic Director

Phil Cramer is a theater maker born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 2007, he’s been proud to call New Orleans home. Phil co-founded NEW NOISE in 2008 with Joanna Russo. He’s worn a number of hats since then—as a writer, composer, performer, designer, and producer. He studied performance and directing at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Bonnie Jean Gabel

Company Member

Bonnie Jean Gabel is a queer director, performance maker, and community organizer interested in the intersection of grassroots activism and performance. In addition to their work with NEW NOISE, they are Co-Director of LAST CALL where they create innovative, multi-platform performances that document and interpret neglected queer history. They studied internationally with the Moscow Art Theatre and the DAH Theatre and hold a BFA in Performance & a BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. They are currently a Drama League Fall Directing Fellow.

photo by Darlene Parsons

Bear Hebert

Company Member

Bear Hebert is a visual artist, yoga teacher and general rabble-rouser from Lafayette, Louisiana. Bear also identifies as a costumer designer, bike rider and two-stepper, and tries to spend as much time as possible near bodies of water. Formal education includes photography studies at Louisiana State University and Massachusetts College of Art, and yoga teacher trainings in Mexico and New Orleans. Bear is co-founder and director of the Panoramblers, Panorama Brass Band’s official Mardi Gras dance troupe. After working with NEW NOISE since 2011, Bear joined the company in 2013.


Joanna Russo

Company Member and Co-Founder


Network of Ensemble Theaters

We are a member of NET, a national coalition of theater ensembles.

Alternate ROOTS

And we are a member of Alternate ROOTS, a Southern organization working at the intersection of arts and activism.


Along with Artspot Productions, Mondo Bizarro, and Jeff Becker, NEW NOISE co-founded Catapult, a studio / performance lab in the Marigny.