About Us

Our mission is fostering art and culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes. 

AcA aims to bring equitable access to the arts and supports fair compensation of artists. On average, AcA serves over 300,000 people annually and provides fair compensation to 2,700 artists. 

In 2013, the AcA merged with the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), whose mission was to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts. This merger supported the vision of both organizations and provided much-needed support to PASA’s programs. Founded in 1989, PASA served as a leading voice in the performing arts in South Louisiana for close to three decades.


Samuel Oliver, AcA Executive Director


Samuel Oliver, Executive Director

Iya Tsyrkot, Executive Assistant

Program Staff

Aaron Thomas, Production Manager

Anna Kojevnikov, Community Development Manager

Bree Sargent, Education Director

Glenn Fields, Performing Arts Director

Gwen Richard, Community Development Director

Jaik Faulk, Visual Arts Director

Paige Aaron, Education Manager

Reagan Benit, Performing Arts Coordinator

Operations Staff

Connie Petro, Office Manager

Emily Ponti, General Manager

Maggie Martin, Production Assistant

Mike Drennan, Facility Engineer

Tshy Cross, Cafe Manager

Vicki Chrisman, Bookkeeper

Fundraising & Marketing Staff

Corinne Sprague, Development Coordinator

Rachel Adams, Marketing Manager

BOARD of Directors

Board of Directors

Charles  Boudreaux 
Partner, Kean Miller LLP

Roya Boustany
Assistant District Attorney, 15th JDC District Attorney’s Office, Junior League of Lafayette

Richard Brauns 
Senior Partner, JKR Advertising & Marketing

Robbie Bush
President, Associated Travel LLC

Karen deClouet 

Danny Domingue, DDS 
Drs. Smith and Domingue

Kenneth Douet 
Retired Principal, Lafayette Parish School System

Sarah Gauthier
Talented Teacher, Lafayette Parish School System; Director, Theatre Acadie

Robert John, Jr. 
Partner, J&J Exterminating

Ethan Jordan
Chief Product Office, FARE.GAME

Brandon “DJ Digital” Journet 
Performing Artist; Host, XXL Higher Level Radio, Townsquare Media

Burnell Lemoine 
Retired Superintendent, Lafayette Parish School System

Hannah Smith Mason 
Artist; Community Outreach and Business Development, Smith Mason & Co.

Jerome Moroux
Partner, Broussard & David

Michael Munzing 
Residential and Commercial Agent, BBCO Insurance

James Kirk Piccione
Law Offices of James Kirk Piccione

Olivia Smith Regard 
Division Assistant Vice President, Compliance Counsel; Arthur J. Gallagher

Sadie Shamsie
President/Owner, Standard Title

Austin M. Shumaker 
Owner/CEO, Louisiana Home Lending

J’annine Sullivan 
Partner, Senior Helpers

Marshal Reggie Thomas 
Lafayette City Marshal; Deacon, St. James Baptist Church

Johnathan Williams 
Owner, Quality of Life Services; Executive Director, Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation

Board Officers

Lyle Girouard 

Ronnie Daigle, MD

Dan Hare 
Immediate Past President

Daphne Krampe 

Cliff LaCour 

Taylor Davis
Executive Committee

Aleisha Johnson, MBA 
Executive Committee