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Bay Street Theatre Festival Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Theater

Mission: Bay street theatre is a regional theater presenting new, classic and contemporary works, with a committment to challenging and entertaining our diverse community. This commitment extends to innovative educational programs that highlight the power of live theater. It is our mission to be an artistic haven for an extended family of artists and audience, while continuing to provide a gathering place to share in the unique collective theatrical experience.

Programs: Producing theatrical evennts including 3 plays during the summer, comedy nights and childrens productions, which include school curriculum based, literature live events.

educational programs for local schools, including residency programs and internships

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never a dull moment at Bay Street! Something for kids, jazz fans, theater buffs, moviephiles, and everyone in between. A vital part of the East End community and beyond; professional and fun in every way.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful our Bay Street Theatre, so important to our community. So local and so professional. A grand treat always, friendly committed staff so eager to help,please every time I have been to Bat Street Theater. Thank you all, Rita White

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's wonderful to have a LOCAL theater in Sag Harbor that produces professional performances. I especially enjoyed "Splendora" that was produced many years ago. The first production was amazing..."Men's Lives." We are so lucky to live close enough to Baystreet Theater to see most of the shows. Joan Brill, East Hampton

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bay Street Theatre is the type of theatre that I experienced when I was is London. It has the same magic and intimacy I felt when I went to plays there. The actors are so close and it is as if one is actually present in the scene. I am transported into a magical world every time I attend one of Bay Street's excellent presentations. The sets are marvelous, the actors are diverse and wonderful and often famous. The selection of plays would satisfy anyone and most likely, everyone. I am bewitched!!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

One of my greatest joys has been to give my inlaws theater tickets for a Christmas present. After each performance, they call to thank us and we have an opportunity to share a wonderful venue with each other. "Dinner" was a hoot!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Bay Street is a wonderful resource for our community and provides a diverse set of theatrical and musical services. Our community would be significantly impaired, culturally, if we didn't have Bay Street Theatre.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Bay Street provides great theater in the summer months and provides community events during the winter time including great old movies and children's theater programs.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful, truly community focused resource. A wonderful mixture of high art, low art and community response. I am both a volunteer and a consumer. Well done!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been attending and volunteering at Bay Street from its first year. I'll always remember Bay Street's first production, 'Men's Lives' Having spent 22 years as a volunteer at the Arena Stage in Wash. D.C., I have found Bay Street to be comparable in quality and purpose to the Arena. Both are bold in trying new ideas and both have a strong educational component. From the quality of the actors to the imagination of the sets and the professionalism of all concerned, Bay Street is where excellance blooms every season.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have seen many productions over the years including lectures by local artists, old films and plays. Bay Street is an important part of the community offering a variety of quality cultural experiences.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BST is a great Community asset. Of course the summer plays are terrific but also impressive are the number of events that Bay St. hosts throughout the year. Even in the glum of winter, there about 8 - 10 (maybe more) things happenining there monthly.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's Broadway without the cost or inconvenience of driving to Manhattan! Staff are wonderful and make volunteers feel we matter.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bay Street Theatre is an asset to our local and visiting people of our community. From children, to young adults, to mature adults....Bay Street is part of your local life. We are so lucky to have such an amazing facility in our area.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bay Street Theater runs one of the most comprehensive programs for the arts on the East End of Long Island. From the summer plays to the winter movies there is always some thing for everyone. The childrens workshops are done well, as are the special events. Coordination with local groups and schools also brings in new , exciting and upcoming talent.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have thoroughly enjoyed the variety of programs at the Bay Street Theatre are of the most professional and enjoyable in the entire East End area. Whether it be the plays, comedies, musicals,drama, etc., to the fall and winter movie selections, the Thursday Jazz nights, and the special programs, with noted name celebrities, e.g. Alan Alda, Joy Behar, Michael Fienstein, the Bay Street Theatre is a most exciting place to be. The programs are professionally organized, directed and performed to the pleasure of all who attend.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

i have enjoyed ther programs at bay street. they are a big asst to our community. they have many educational programs. lucille malouche, 236 edgemere st., montauk, ny

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience has been very good. I enjoy the people who run the place , and the productions are wonderful. It is mor then pleasant ;it is fun.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The shows are high quality. The seating is stadium style - never a head in my way, no matter where I sit. The volunteers are organized and treated well.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

What moves me most about being at Bay Street is the sense of community that staff seek to engender -- from the moment the public walks in, staff members and volunteers seem to get caught up in informal conversation. There's a relaxed sense of being part of both a theatre and geographical community. As they wait for the doors to open, many audience members chat up those nearby: there should be more of this -- perhaps free coffee, tea and soda would help.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have witnessed how Bay Street reaches various audiences and their various tastes by offering a broad spectrum of plays, musical performances, children's theatre, comedians, local talents, films, holiday programs, and dialogues with interesting local residents. The various genres entertain older, sophisticated audiences and educate younger audiences. Many well-known performers grace the stage year after year. The size of the theatre allows an intimate relationship between the performers and audience which contributes to its popularity for local residents and visitors vacationing in the Hamptons. It's and enchanting place.