How did Luis Q. Barroso die? New Orleans theater actor and director cause of death explained

A multi-award winning actor, director, producer and NOLA theatre icon, Luis Q. Barroso passed away at the age of 78. Let’s see How did Luis Q. Barroso die and Luis Q. Barroso cause of death in detail.


How did Luis Q. Barroso die?

Luis Q. Barroso, a theatrical veteran who spent decades working behind the scenes and in front of the camera in numerous local plays, passed away on Monday at his Bywater residence. He was 78.

NOLA Voice Theatre announced the devastating news on Facebook.


Luis Q. Barroso cause of death

We’re sorry to have to inform you that Luis Q. Barroso has passed away.

Luis Q. Barroso was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the Luis Q. Barroso cause of death in light of the recent news.

The precise Luis Q. Barroso cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story.


Who was Luis Q. Barroso?

Luis Q. Barroso was a well-known actor, director, and producer.

He was a native of Havana, moved to Florida in 1955 along with his family. At Miami Jackson High School, he realised his passion for acting, and he was awarded a full scholarship to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. When Tulane University offered him a full scholarship for their master of fine arts directing programme, he moved to New Orleans. Despite enrolling in graduate programmes at Tulane and UNO, Barroso never received a master’s degree.

Barroso gathered a group of now-famous performers during those years, including Freddie Palmisano, Ricky Graham, Judy Latour, Becky Allen, Edward R. Cox, John Grimsley, Sid Arroyo, and countless others. His productions attracted children and their families to the theatre while also inspiring a generation of actors and theatre professionals in New Orleans.

He performed in the Summer Lyric Theatre, The Puppet Playhouse, The People Playhouse, NORD Opera, and the St. Charles Community Theatre just in the 1970s. Later, he worked with Rivertown Repertory Theatre, Southern Repertory Theatre, Delgado Community College Theatre, University of New Orleans Theatre, Le Chat Noir, Minacapelli’s Dinner Theatre, NORD Theatre, and The Contemporary Arts Center to perform, produce, or direct plays.


He was appointed temporary artistic director of the DRAMA! Theatre Company in 2002.

Under the name LUQBAR Productions, he also created shows for conventions that provided industrial entertainment, and he directed a show for the Italian Village at the 1984 World’s Fair.

David Cuthbert, a former Times-Picayune theater critic said,

“He was theater,” 

“He was a beautiful talent, and he spread his talent around.”

Le Petit Theatre

During the 1970s, Mr. Barroso served as the artistic director of the renowned Childrens Corner theatre at Le Petit Theatre and was one of its co-creators.

While directing children’s theatre at Gallery Circle Theatre and later at the Children’s Corner of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, where he served as the producing artistic director, Barroso primarily worked with adult actors.

Peggy Scott Laborde, who is currently a senior producer at WYES-TV, was one of his budding performers at Le Petit.

Peggy said,

“I was always so impressed by the fact that here we were, as teenagers, in those plays, and he didn’t treat us like little kids,”

“He treated us like one actor to another. This was community theater, but it was an opportunity to be on your toes and do your very best. … The professionalism was always there, but he was always fun to be with.”

The nuns granted Laborde permission to arrive late for her graduating since she had to perform in a matinee of “The Little Mermaid” in 1971, the year she graduated from Cabrini High School. This is a testament to the great theatre that Barroso was known for at the time.

she said,

“They understood it, They knew that it was an opportunity of great value. He was so highly respected.”

“Talented in Theatre” Program

Barroso obtained a post at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta in 1980 after serving there temporarily and directing plays there. Many of his performances went on national tours, and some of them were presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

In 1999, Barroso moved back to New Orleans and began working as a teacher in the “Talented in Theatre” curriculum at the Orleans Parish Public Schools. He also performed in “Shakespeare in the Park” plays with the Dog and Pony Theatre Company.

In 1995, at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park, Luis Q. Barroso portrayed William Shakespeare as he celebrated his 431st birthday.



Barroso received honors from the New Orleans Arts Council and the New Orleans Music and Drama Foundation. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to him at the 2013 Big Easy Awards presentation. He last took the stage in 2017 to commemorate Summer Lyric’s 50th anniversary.

He has never outgrown the excitement of performing in front of a live audience, despite his years of experience and his accolades. Cuthbert waxed enthusiastic about his role as Mr. Muchnik, who suffers a terrible destiny in “Little Shop of Horrors,” in a 2004 interview.

He said,

“I just love being eaten by the plant!” 

“Isn’t that an actor’s dream, a death scene where you get devoured by a giant plant? It’s a thrill each time we do it!”


Tributes to Luis Q. Barroso

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.

I just learned Luis Q. Barroso has passed away. I was first introduced to this lovely man in early 1982. I was in college and Ed Cabell got appendicitis and needed someone to take over as director for Anything Goes. Working with him Luis was a great experience. The following year he came back to direct How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He was artistic director at Center for Puppetry Arts and was my first introduction to that organization. I’ve always had great respect for him and enjoyed seeing him whenever we crossed paths. See you on the other side my friend.

-Bill Jones.


I was very sad to learn that my friend Luis Q. Barroso passed away yesterday in New Orleans. He directed me in all of the touring shows I did with the Center for Puppetry Arts back in the 1980s in Atlanta. His vision and creativity produced many hit shows for the Center. He brought a freshness to classic fairy tales that audiences loved. Luis was very witty and kind and always drove the speed limit – never faster! He wouldn’t say anything negative about the USA. He was very patriotic and grateful as his family had fled Cuba to start a new life the United States. It was a privilege for a novice puppeteer from Cheektowaga, NY, to learn from such a talented man so thoroughly devoted to his craft. Thank you Luis!

-Alan F.Luis.


I’m so sad to hear that our friend, and New Orleans theater legend Luis Q. Barroso has left us. Luis was a brilliant and generous performer, a real pro, and a true gentleman. He leaves a legacy few can approach, let alone equal. R.I.P., my friend. You will be remembered.

-Christopher Carry


Saddened to report the passing of NOLA theatre icon Luis Q. Barroso at 78. Mr. Barroso was a multi-award winning actor, director, & producer, as well as a reveler with the Society of St. Ann. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fans. #OurCarnivalHeritage

-Prof.Carl Nivale.


One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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