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In 2009, Travis Coles helped a production of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" find a performance space in the Club One theater. He produced the show under the name The Bay Street Theatre, named for our proximity to Bay Street in downtown Savannah. That production, along with the unfortunate closing of Cardinal Rep, inspired Travis to help keep local theatre thriving in Savannah. Valerie Macaluso, a veteran at Cardinal Rep, came onboard.

BST's first official production was John Cameron Mitchell's cult rock show "Hedwig & The Angry Inch" in the fall of 2009 (under the direction of Bridget Tunstall), which put us on the radar of local arts and entertainment writers. We followed that with "The Rocky Horror Show", which solidified our standing as a strong contender in Savannah's theatre community. Since then, we have staged successful productions of hit shows while continuing to expand our audience.

We've garnered local awards, including Connect Savannah's Best Of:

  • Best Director - Bridget Tunstall
  • Best Actor - Christopher Blair

  • Best Local Production - Cabaret
  • Best Director - Jeffrey DeVincent
  • Best Actor - Christopher Blair
  • Runner Up Best Actress - Courtney Flood

  • Best Local Production - RENT
  • Best Actor - Christopher Blair
  • Best Actress - Cecelia Tran Arango
  • Runner Up Best Local Production - Avenue Q
  • Runner Up Best Director - Jeffrey DeVincent

Our productions have also been tools for charity. Through V-Day campaigns, and other fundraisers, we have raised money for various local organizations such as The Rape Crisis Center Of Savannah, Stand Out Youth, Muse Arts Warehouse, and Savannah Pride.

Our events don't just end at theater either. We had singer/songwriter Jay Brannan for a one night solo acoustic performance, and brought famed actor Leslie Jordan to Savannah to perform his one man show. In 2012, we hosted Seersucker Live's Musical Episode, which featured singer/songwriter and author Mike Doughty. We have also hosted the Savannah Comedy Revue since 2010, which has brought comedians like Marc Evans and Artie Fletcher to our stage.