• Moving from France to the Caribbean to the American continent, Creole Drama follows the people that created, shaped, and sustained French theatre culture in New Orleans from its inception in 1792 until the beginning of the Civil War. In doing so, it draws upon the neglected archive of francophone drama native to Louisiana, as well as a range of documents from both sides of the Atlantic, teasing out how the members of Louisiana’s French-speaking community intervened in current debates about political representation, slavery, US expansion, and the place of ethnic and racial minorities in the early Americas. Creole Drama offers not only a detailed history of francophone theatre in New Orleans, but also an account of the surprising ways in which multilingualism and early transnational networks helped create the American nation.