Bryan Batt is a native New Orleanian, actor, designer, fundraiser, and civic activist has won 2 Screen Actor’s Guild awards for his portrayal of “Salvatore Romano” on AMC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody award winning dramatic series MAD MEN .
As an Author, both his “momoir “SHE AIN’T HEAVY, SHE’S MY MOTHER” and décor book ”BIG, EASY STYLE” have received rave reviews.
Theatrically, Bryan is most proud to have created the role of DARIUS in both the N.Y. and L.A (Drama Logue Award) productions as well as the film adaptation of Paul Rudnick’s ground breaking comedy JEFFREY.
Broadway leading and principal roles include: 2005 revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, SUNSET BLVD., SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, and CATS. Off Broadway: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY STRIKES BACK, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY CLEANS UP ITS ACT(Drama Desk Nomination).
In the wake of Katrina, Bryan organized, hosted and/or performed in numerous events and fund raisers both in New York and in New Orleans benefiting Habitat For Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank, NO-AIDS Task Force, The Contemporary Arts Center, LA-SPCA, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, The Preservation Rescore Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, Friends of City Park, and more.
In 2003, Bryan and his partner, Tom Cianfichi, opened HAZELNUT, a fine gift and home accessories shop (Featured in the NY Times, TOWN & COUNTRY, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, IN STYLE, TRADITIONAL HOME, ELLE DÉCOR and more). Through the sales of his signature “New Orleans Toile” and “Pontchartrain Beach designs”, Hazelnut has been able to generously contribute to local charities.
Honors include 2007 HRC Equality award, OUT Magazine’s Artist of the Year 2007, N.O.Aids Task Force Humanitas award, Big Easy 2008 “Entertainer of the Year”, Backstage Magazine’s Bistro award for best vocalist 2008, the Isidore Newman School Distinguished Alumnus Award 2008-2009, and the 2013 New Orleans Arts Council Community Award.
Bryan serves on the boards of N.O.AIDS Task force and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.
Bryan can be seen in the upcoming films 12 YEARS A SLAVE, PARKLAND, and THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD.