Studio Theatre of Long Island announced today in a press release that they have acquired the BayWay Arts Center – located at 265 East Main Street in East Islip – in a long term lease agreement with Fairfield Properties. The space was formerly home to Broadhollow Theatre, who ceased operations and closed in June after occupying the performance space for decades.
“We view this acquisition as an opportunity to keep the venue alive with a brand-new roll out of mainstage musicals, complete with an orchestra pit of live musicians, as well as comedic and dramatic plays consistent with our long history of diversity in theatre. Additionally, the space will be home to a robust Children’s Educational Theatre Program,” management stated in the release.
David Dubin continues to act as Executive Artistic Director with Christopher Rosselli as Executive Director and Michael Blangiforti as Managing Director.
The trio also announced plans for improvements to the space including the construction of a new lounge in the adjoining studio featuring indoor and outdoor patio seating as well as a bar and cafe fine wines, craft beers, and a selection of custom crafted coffee. New dressing rooms will also be installed featuring private restrooms and shower facilities for actors. The theater itself will receive brand-new state-of-the-art sound and lighting, the release said.
Meanwhile, the previously announced renovations as Studio Theatre’s Lindenhurst location moves forward with “further progress achieved daily.”
“With all the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize many changes lie ahead in maintaining operations,” the directors said. “Studio Theatre, along with our entire staff, is prepared to take on these challenges and keep these historic venues open for many years to come. We strongly believe that, despite the current challenges of today’s times, we are slowly building two premier locations for the Long Island theatre community. We remain resolute to reopen and launch both locations.”
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