Brent Alan Goodrich is the Executive and Artistic Director of The Octavian Foundation for the Arts, also known as The New Octavians. A resident of Hammond, Brent is a voice, piano, and acting teacher as well as a stage director for the Foundation. He also serves as the director for the Octavians’ musical theatre competition team.
Brent is an alumnus of Southeastern Louisiana University, where he earned the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Vocal Performance. During his graduate studies at Southeastern, Brent taught the class MUS101, was a featured soloist in Bach’s Aus der Tiefen rufe ich and Handel’s Messiah, and performed Olin Blitch’s solo from Floyd’s Susannah.
Brent has staged and music directed numerous musicals and operatic productions, including: Les Misérables, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Christoph Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Singin’ in the Rain, Jekyll and Hyde, and Mozart’s The Impresario.
Brent’s notable stage performances include: The Mikado (Pooh-Bah), Gianni Schicchi, Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Pirates of Penzance (Major General), Hänsel und Gretel (Father), The Rocky Horror Show (Frank-N-Furter), and the world premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s Evangeline (Father Felician).
Brent has worked and performed with McNeese State University’s Opera and Music Theatre Company, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, The Lake Charles Civic Ballet, 30 by Ninety Regional Theatre, and Playmakers Regional Theatre.
Brent’s students have won several singing and theatre competitions, including: National Association of Teachers in Singing (National Finalists), The Donald Wood New Orleans Opera Vocal Competition, and iTheatrics’ Junior Theatre Festival (Overall Outstanding Production, Overall Outstanding Performer, Best in Dance, Best in Ensemble, and Most Outstanding Male Performer, and Most Outstanding Female Performer).
Brent looks forward to many more years of teaching music and theatre on the Northshore with the copious amount of talent on this side of the lake.
Olivia Lowentritt is entering her Junior year at Southeastern Louisiana University. She is studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with the hopes of pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. Olivia has been dancing for 17 years at Fellom Ballet in Hammond, Louisiana. She has studied Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pointe, Musical Theatre, Tap, and Modern. In addition to instruction at Fellom Ballet, Olivia was a member of Hawkettes Dance Team at Archbishop Hannan High School. After graduating high school Olivia returned to Fellom Ballet as a teacher for the creative class. Olivia has been a student choreographer for The New Octavians since 2017. Her work in The New Octavians production’s of Singin in the Rain and James and the Giant Peach has been accredited by the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia for dancing and choreography. She is passionate about dance and choreographing. She loves working with Brent Goodrich and The New Octavians and is excited to serve as the dance instructor.