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January 5, 2011 (Sag Harbor, NY) – Bay Street Theatre is pleased to announce that actor Chris Bauer has joined the Board of Trustees.

“To have an actor of Chris's talent and integrity on our stage,” says Artistic Directors Sybil Christopher and Murphy Davis, “is a terrific privilege and the fact that he is excited and eager to serve on our Board of Directors is all the more heartening. We feel so lucky and thank Chris for his incredible belief in and support of Bay Street Theatre.”

Bauer, a native of Los Angeles, honed his skills in Chicago with such ensembles as Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Goodman Theatre.  After graduating from Yale School of Drama, he moved to New York where he became a member of David Mamet’s Atlantic Theatre Company appearing in MOJO and PARLOR SONG, among others. He was on Broadway in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Other New York appearances include  Playwright's Horizons Theater and Manhattan Theater Club.  Film credits include “Snow White: A Tale of Terror,” “Face/Of,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “Flawless,” “8 MM,” “Animal Factory,” “High Fidelity,” “Broken Flowers,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” and “The Conspirators.”

Says Bauer of his experience at Bay Street, “I was thrilled with the openness and intelligence of Bay Street's audience when I did ROMANCE last summer. It made me proud to be a resident of Sag Harbor and I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve on Bay Street Theatre's Board.”

In addition to his theatrical and film work, Bauer is also known by television audiences for his current role as Andy Bellefleur in “True Blood.” He also appeared as Frank Sobotka in HBO's “The Wire.”  Other work for HBO: “61*;” “The Notorious Bettie Page,” and “Bernard and Doris.” Currently, he plays Andy Bellefleur on “True Blood.”. For five years Chris played Fred Yokas on NBC's “Third Watch.” He was a series regular on “Tilt” for ESPN as well in John Wells' “Smith.”  Other television includes “Numb3rs,” “CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” “Fringe,” “Law and Order: SVU” and “The Good Wife.” “

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris aboard,” says Executive Director Tracy Mitchell. “Chris appeared in our production of ROMANCE last summer delighting our audiences. We are so fortunate that he also happens to be a Sag Harbor resident who is extremely dedicated to Bay Street and our community.”

Bauer is married to costume designer Laura Cunningham Bauer.

Bay Street Theatre is a not-for-profit institution presenting new, classic and contemporary works with a commitment to challenging and entertaining our diverse community. This commitment extends to educational programs for all ages to foster the continued value of theatre as a vital art form for future generations.


Posted: January 14, 2011