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

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

Jessica Allain

Attorney, Jones Walker LLP

Charles Boudreaux 

Partner, Kean Miller LLP

Richard Brauns 

Senior Partner, JKR Advertising & Marketing

Robbie Bush

President, Associated Travel LLC

Karen deClouet 


Kenneth Douet 

Owner, Maison Stéphanie Bed and Breakfast

Jon Downs

Principal, J. Wallace James Elementary, Lafayette Parish School System

Erica Fox

Owner, Attakapas Collective

Sarah Gauthier

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

Nanette  Heggie

Principal, Heggie Investment Partners

Robert John, Jr. 

Partner, J&J Exterminating

Ethan Jordan

Head of Product, Sootchy, Inc. 

Brandon “DJ Digital” Journet 

Performing Artist; Host, XXL Higher Level Radio, Townsquare Media

Cliff LaCour

Partner, NeunerPate

Burnell Lemoine 

Retired Superintendent, Lafayette Parish School System

Melissa Maeker

Representative of Junior League of Lafayette

Hannah Smith Mason 

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

Jerome Moroux

Partner, Broussard & David

Olivia Smith Regard 

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

Mechelle Roberthon

Vice President/Director of Talent Development, Home Bank

Sadie Shamsie

President/Owner, Standard Title

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

Ronnie Daigle, MD



Taylor Davis



Lyle Girouard 

Immediate Past President


Daphne Krampe 



James Kirk Piccione



Aleisha Johnson, MBA 

Executive Committee Member-at-Large


Michael Munzing

Executive Committee Member-at-Large