Theatre & Directions

Welcome to The Zeitgeist Chronicles 'Theatre & Directions' page. Here you can check out an extraordinary university who is showcasing our premiere on September 13, 2012 at the Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts and Communications Center. ​

The Zeitgeist Chronicles is a multimedia theatre production premiering in New Orleans that will be showcasing professional talent. After the premiere in New Orleans, The Zeitgeist Chronicles will move to New York City making NOLA "Broadway South" for real!

The Samuel DuBois Cook Performing Arts Center at Dillard University

The Samuel DuBois Cook Performing Arts Center

The Samuel DuBois Cook Performing Arts Center

This state-of-the-art 250-seat auditorium and theatre complex highlights one of the newer facilities on Dillard University's campus.  It is the centerpiece of the Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts and Communications Center built in 1993.  The building is named in honor of Dillard University's sixth president, Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook. The Arts Center houses the Department of Humanities and contains teaching facilities for the visual arts, music, drama and more. 

Dillard University is a member of the one hundred and one Historically Black Colleges and Universities of America and is a prestigious university located in the Historic Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, which was battered by Hurricane Katrina.    

Samuel DuBois Cook was born in 1928, in Griffin, Georgia, graduated from Morehouse in 1948 and received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1955. He taught at Southern University and Atlanta University and then became the first black professor to hold a  faculty appointment at a white southern university when he became professor at Duke in 1966. As chair of the Political Science Department at Atlanta University, Cook participated in the civil rights movement,he was a moderator for the ‘‘Town Meeting’’ forums between activists such as Martin Luther King and students in the early 1960s. 

In 1975 Cook became the president of Dillard University,and served until he retired in 1997. During his tenure at Dillard he initiated a Japanese language studies program (the first at a historically black college) and founded the Center for Black-Jewish Relations. Cook was the first black president of the Southern Political Science Association. In 1997 the Samuel DuBois Cook Society at Duke University was founded in his honor.