Gary received his MFA in Acting from The University of New Orleans where he was a member of the Resident Acting Company. As an actor and director, Gary has worked in every major venue in the Greater New Orleans area as well as theaters from Baton Rouge to Maine.
His passion for acting began at an early age (in the fourth grade, when he “starred” as the first wise man in his class nativity play) and continued through high school, where he was lucky enough to attend New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. His experience at NOCCA was life changing, and he decided to make theatre his career. Since then, Gary served as Resident Director for Rivertown Repertory Theatre, Artistic Director for both Sixpence Players and the One Hour Shakespeare Company, and as a company member of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and The Patchwork Players. He is most proud of being one of the founding producers of FourFront Theatre, which was responsible for a number of wildly successful productions including regional premiers of Gutenberg! The Musical!, The History Boys, Altar Boyz, My First Time, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Gary's work with FourFront Theatre landed him in Gambit's acclaimed "40 Under 40" issue which "honors the community's newest generation who have achieved amazing accomplishments and make New Orleans a better place to live."
Gary served as a Senior Professor of Practice for Tulane University’s Department of Theatre and Dance for 11 years.
Kelly began her theatrical performing in her early teens, with her first production at Tulane Summer Lyric. As the youngest cast member that summer, Kelly was inspired by the professionalism and high standards portrayed by the artists she worked with at Summer Lyric Theatre. Kelly attended NOCCA as a dance student and has also trained at performing arts studios in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York. She attended Tulane University for Dance & Musical Theatre and served on the faculty at NOCCA Academy as a jazz and tap teacher. Kelly has also received Ancillary Certification by the State of Louisiana to teach Fine Arts.
She has been employed as a dancer, performer and choreographer in many different facets including conventions in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Miami, national commercials, a Mariah Carey video, educational software, and musical theatre. In New Orleans, Kelly has performed in over 65 productions at every major local theatre venue.
As a choreographer, Kelly has created works for the University of New Orleans, Tulane Summer Lyric, Tulane Junior Lyric, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, Le Petit Theatre and Jefferson Performing Arts Society, as well as FourFront Theatre. Her performances and choreography have been awarded Big Easy, Storer Boone, Marquis and Ambie Awards.
A proud founding member of FourFront Theatre, Kelly has played an intricate part in the success of FourFront’s acclaimed productions including Gutenberg, the Musical!, The History Boys, Altar Boyz, My First Time, Pinkalicious, The Musical and The 25h Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Kelly's work with FourFront Theatre landed her in Gambit's acclaimed "40 Under 40" issue which" honors the community's newest generation who have achieved amazing accomplishments and make New Orleans a better place to live."
Kelly is the owner and artistic director of Encore Dance Studio.
ABOUT THE THEATERS
Courtyard between the Mainstage and Lagniappe Theaters
Performance of Aladdin, Jr. on the Lagniappe Stage
Theatre 13 was founded in 2009 by New Orleans theatre artists Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi as a side project to the already successful FourFront Theatre, which they co-founded in 2008. The mission of Theatre 13 is to bring new and exciting productions to the New Orleans area while providing local theatre artists an opportunity to perform and create.
Theatre 13 will produce a wide range of professional theatrical performances, from musicals to children’s theatre to more controversial and thought-provoking works.
In 2012, the City of Kenner awarded Theatre 13 the management contract for what is now known as The Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts.