"To promote & showcase – through live performance – Louisiana’s most precious resources; its talented Performing Artist, its art and culture and its colorful history."
The Bayou Playhouse, located in Lockport, Louisiana, opened its premiere season in 2008 and has established itself as the only non-profit professional theatre south of New Orleans. The Bayou Playhouse was founded by three artistically driven people; Perry Martin, David Guidry and Karissa Kary. These three gave life to what we have today in our community. Without their passion and love for theater, we would not have our local professional theater.
The primary mission is to support Southern artists and present plays that celebrate Southern culture, as well as literary classics, and support community events all in an intimate, down the bayou setting.
Over the years, the Playhouse has produced and presented over 50 productions including main stage theatrical performances, stand-up comedy, world premiere productions, concerts, and a film festival. The Playhouse also has a thriving arts intensive education program for children aging from 7-17.
Nestled alongside the banks of Bayou Lafourche, the Bayou Playhouse sits in historic Lockport on 101 Main Street. Not only are stories told on stage, but the area is blossoming all around with tales of the past.
CINDY F. GRIFFIN
Artistic Executive Producer
Cindy Griffin, Producing Executive Director is born and raised on Bayou Lafourche and has a love for her Southern Louisiana culture and people; she has lived in several other cities and states but found her way back home in 1993. In 1990 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from LSU in Landscape Architecture and operated her Design / Build company locally for 12 years, during that time she accepted the position of Parks Director for the City of Thibodaux where she developed the department from the ground up, expanded the park system, and created Andolsek Park as a new competition soccer field. While working in this capacity she was also responsible for the development of the annual Christmas festivals, designing & decorating the city streets, development and design of the city reservoir walking park. She organized city volunteer days and worked together with numerous local groups and hundreds of volunteers. Ms. Griffin joined the Bayou Playhouse in 2009 for Floating Palace of Season 1 as the House Manager and has been dedicated to its growth ever since. Ms. Griffin has been involved in every aspect of the theatre from backstage, costume design, set design & dressing, concessions, administration, to house management. For the past 8 years at the Bayou Playhouse, she has been involved with over 40 stage productions including some of her favorites Driving Miss Daisy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Miracle Worker and Christmas in the Land of OZ. She is no stranger to what it takes to foster community involvement and non-profit organizations. Over the past 35 years she has demonstrated her artistic abilities volunteering with local groups sharing her time and talents. Most recently in her personal life she has become certified as a Jikiden (Shoden) Reiki practitioner, started Root to Crown Therapy business and is excited to share this energy healing practice on the bayou.
Camille Griffin, Production Director, has been an intricate member of the Bayou Playhouse since May 2009 and is also a native of Raceland. With a love of writing, she has written for WHATNOW and Gumbo Magazines, and has worked with production companies to adapt scripts for our theatre's needs. Currently, she is back in college and enrolled in the Los Angeles Film School Graphic Design degree program, while also studying become a yoga teacher and drafter. She was previously Back Stage Manager and has worked in a variety of technical positions including Stage Manager, Lighting and Sound Director, set design and construction, and Concessions Manager. Since December 2016 she has designed and created all of the lighting you've seen in Bayou Playhouse productions bringing all new and bright looks to every show on stage. Since 2009, Camille has 58 productions under her belt. A few of her credits include Hurricane, The Great Big Doorstep, These Are My People This is My Land, Going to Jackson, And The Ball And All, The 3 Charmers, The Kingfish, Floating Palace, Waiting Around, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cinderella Batistella, The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, A Streetcar Named Desire, Katrina Mother-In-Law of ‘Em all, Torn Page, Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize nominated: Rising Water, A Christmas Carol, and Driving Miss Daisy. Recently in the winter of 2017, she directed the mixed media production of It's a Wonderful Life. She has also worked with the New Orleans Big Easy Entertainment Awards as Assistant Stage Manager for three years now, and in the summer of 2015 she had the opportunity to be Production Manager of A Midsummer’s Night Dream at John Schneider Studio’s in Holden, LA. Camille has also appeared on the stage as Sally in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Myrtle Mae Simmons in Harvey, Marie Boudin in Joey and Marie's Cajun/Italian Wedding and the deranged Catherine Holly in Suddenly Last Summer. She has been the Program Director for the Bayou Playhouse's Rougarou Theatre Troupe program for 4 years and in the summer of 2016, she took on the role of Director for Disney's The Jungle Book and her work continued as Director for our winter program of Christmas in the Land of Oz, Disney's Lion King Jr., Disney's Aristocats and her most recent 2019 summer productions of Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Stephen Sondheim's, full broadway production Into the Woods.