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Artistic Director

Lola Louis, Founder and Artistic Director

Lola Louis

Lola Lenore Louis, a native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a trained actress, director, singer, pianist, and ethnic folk dancer. Her nurturing and training began in Scarborough, Tobago, where she studied and performed piano and dance.

Lola is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting. She holds an associate performance diploma in piano from Trinity College of Music, England; AOS from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts; BFA from Tisch School of the Arts , MA from Steinhardt School of Education-New York University.

Lola has directed the Creative Arts Team Youth Theatre at New York University. She also participated and worked with youth in London, England and in Cork, Ireland. She currently teaches piano, voice, acting, musical theatre and speech at CAPAS. Lola has been the choral director and organist for Trinity Episcopal Church in the South Bronx, choral director for the men’s choir at Eastchester Presbyterian Church, Bronx, NY, choral directer for the CO-OP City Senior Citizens Women’s Chorus, Bronx, NY and the choral arranger and director of the two-time championship Wren’s Chorale of Trinidad & Tobago.

She has performed as soloist at Columbia University and contralto soloist with the Riverside Church in a performance of Handel’s Messiah. She has sang at weddings and funerals and has performed in her own one woman show at various dinner clubs including The Horn of Plenty. Her performance experience expands beyond New York and America to include Kenya, Egypt and The Caribbean. Lola has been nominated by the Audelco Black Nominating Committee for her excellence as lead and supporting actress in black theater. Her awards include: achievement award from The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. (Bronx Chapter); cultural contribution from the Tobago Heritage Festival Committee; community service from the Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bronx, NY. (more awards and citations are listed on AWARD page)

She is a member of the NAACP, The National Council of Negro Women and Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA).

Lola’s play, “The Children’s Legacy” has been presented on off-Broadway, the Apollo Theatre, the United Nations, at City Hall, and in New York City’s public schools. She has also directed Caribbean plays off-off Broadway.

As founder and director of Lola Louis’ Creative and Performing Arts Studio, Inc. (CAPAS), Ms. Louis continues to use the creative arts as a medium to liberate and stimulate the minds of urban youth in the hope that they will rise above what she terms “limitation thinking.” She provides the spark that awakens dormant talents in her students, launching them into experiences and possibilities beyond their own expectations. Many CAPAS students have moved on to attend high schools and colleges in pursuit of their dreams. Others have been launched into careers on the Broadway stage, professional theater, movies, and television. (see Credits) Lola is always mindful that her gifts are to be used in the service of others.