201 N. Columbia St.

Covington, LA 70433






Welcome to Center Of Performing Arts!



Playwriting I: Finding Your Voice


In early 2015, we are proud to offer a ten-week college level course with Dr. Jim Fitzmorris. On Tuesdays from January 27th through March 31st, through vigorous rewriting and critique, you will create your first dramatic work for the stage both in monologue and play form, and you will do this in a voice that is uniquely yours.


This intensive ten session course will appeal to both creative writers as well as theater enthusiasts. Enrollment is limited, so reserve your space now. Don't miss this opportunity to work closely with Jim in a small class workshop setting.






Yes, Virginia: The Musical


A production based on the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus. As part of their holiday "Believe" campaign, which benefits Make-A-Wish®, Macy's has provided the script and musical score in an effort to support educational arts programs nationwide.


All three performances (December 11th, 12th, and 13th) are



Due to overwhelming demand,

one additional show has been added on

Sunday, December 14th @ 6pm.


To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE


A playwright, critic, dramaturg and editor, Jim Fitzmorris is a New Orleans native who specializes in writing about the rough-and-tumble, daily life of the city he calls home. He was the theatre critic for Nola Defender and now does the same for The New Orleans Advocate. Jim is the winner of four Big Easy Awards for Best Original Production, a two time finalist for The Heideman Award, and a finalist for The Osborn Playwriting Award.


Holding a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from The University of Washington’s School of Drama, Jim has worked as a university professor, a theatre interventionist, and a political fixer.


This is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to hone their skills and develop a stage-ready performance piece from their individual perspective.


Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support

The Butler Did It!, The Island of Dr. Fitzmorris, True Blue Bayou, and SING!


This has been our first official season with a full slate of stage offerings, and thanks to you it was a resounding success. These shows would not have made possible without your support, and we are thankful for your patronage.


We hope that you will stay in touch with us to find out

what else we have coming to COPA!


Stay tuned to see what we have coming up for 2015.


Head to the "Contact Us" page to find out how to reach us.

201 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433 – 985.727.4638 – centerofperformingarts@gmail.com