New Home for Bay Street Theater to be completed by 2023
April 8, 2021: At a zoom press conference on Tuesday morning Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor announced their exciting plans for 22 Long Island Avenue, the property the not for profit purchased in October for 13.9 million dollars. The goal was to create a new “state of the art” purpose built home at the entrance to Sag Harbor with two theaters and facilities to accommodate their year- round educational programs.
Roger Ferris + Partners will design the venue, with Charcoalblue, who will design the theatrical elements. The site at the entrance to Sag Harbor runs continuously with John Steinbeck Waterfront Park and the goal is to transform a commercial strip mall into a community resource. Tracy Mitchell and Scott Schwartz, the Executive Director and Artistic Director, made the announcement together and said they plan to break ground this year with a completion by 2023.
The center will include a mainstage theatre with additional fixed and flexible spaces, including dedicated space for the organization’s year-round educational programs for children and adults, a center for new work development, a shop and scenery storage, special events, and professional development initiatives.
Tracy Mitchell said, “This has been a lifelong dream for both the founders of Bay Street Theater and myself as the current Executive Director. It will provide not only the space for creative growth but will ensure Bay Street’s future and legacy with a permanent home.”
Scott Schwartz added, “I know this gorgeous new facility will enable Bay Street to continue the exciting artistic growth we have been experiencing over the past few years. It will make the company an even more versatile home for an ever-growing family of new and established voices in the theater and will allow us to offer expanded educational programming for both children and adults in our community. We could not be more excited.”
For 30 years Bay Street Theater has not only served as the community’s primary theater but it also serves over 30 other nonprofits and hundreds of artists each year.
“But with time and success comes growth,” added Artistic Director Scott Schwartz. “Bay Street Theater has long outgrown our current location.” Schwartz said that in the new facility, the popular New Works initiative, which showcases in-development projects by playwrights, will become a year-round program. “There’s so much we will be able to achieve in this new space,” said Schwartz.
Schwartz added that the new facility will have a 299-seat theater, as well as dedicated space for the organization’s year-round educational programs for children and adults, a center for new work development, a shop and scenery storage, special events, and professional development initiatives.
Mitchell explained that the theater will be “state of the art,” with current theatrical technology. While Bay Street is able to do a lot with their current space, the new facility will be purpose-built, allowing much more flexibility and technical wizardry for their productions.