Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
#54 “History of Theater in St. Bernard”
2007-2008 History Lecture Series Season – December 3rd, 2007
Barry Lemoine, Educator, Playwright, Journalist
Attendance – 90
Barry Lemoine gave an overview of theatrical productions in the Parish, going back decades. He detailed some of the consistently high-quality offerings for which the community is known. He made special mention of theatrical programs at the area high schools, notably Chalmette High School and Archbishop Hannan Catholic High School. He cited the work of a number of community groups, like Shine Productions and the Community Actors of St. Bernard Theater (also known as CAST). Lemoine, a Lecture Series regular, was uniquely suited to give the lecture considering his lengthy community theater involvement. He was an award-winning educator, journalist, and playwright, and for nearly 20 years, taught English, Creative Writing, and Theatre Arts in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish. He served as writer and producer for PEN-TV, the educational TV network of the St. Bernard Parish Public School System, as well as being the founder of The Voices Foundation, a nonproﬁt group committed to preserving the culture of Louisiana. In addition, Lemoine spent countless hours assisting with College and Lecture Series productions.