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

Co-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 director, performer, writer, musician, designer, and producer. He studied performance and directing at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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photo by Darlene Parsons

Bear Hebert

Co-Artistic Director

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.


Company Members

Joanna Russo (Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus) and Bonnie Gabel.



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

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.