Bryan Batt is a native New Orleanian, actor, designer, and civic activist. He 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. Recently seen as Mayor Quin Maddox on the MTV cult hit series “SCREAM”.
As an Author, both his “momoir” SHE AIN’T HEAVY, SHE’S MY MOTHER and décor book BIG, EASY STYLE have received rave reviews. In fall of 2018 his 3rd book will be released, PONTCHARTRAIN BEACH: A FAMILY AFFAIR.
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. Bryan had the pleasure of playing “Gould” in the L.A. premiere of the musical GREY GARDENS at the Ahmenson Theatre. Films include the Oscar winning Best Picture 12 YEARS A SLAVE, PARKLAND, THE LAST OF ROBINHOOD, FUNNY PEOPLE, THE RUNNER, ZIPPER, THE PALOOKA (Tennessee Williams short) SAM, ABATTOIR, THE BOOK OF LOVE, PO,LBJ, upcoming...AMBITION, THE BILLIONAIRES BOYS CLUB, I HATE KIDS, EASY DOES IT, DARLIN', Spike Lee's TALES FROM THE HOOD 2. Other Television appearances include NCIS, NCIS NEW ORLEANS, LAW AND ORDER SVU, UGLY BETTY, GHOST WHISPER.
Broadway leading and principal roles include: 2005 revival of La AGE AUX FOLLES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SUESSICAL 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). Regionally Bryan originated the role of "Gould" in the Los Angles premiere of GREY GARDENS starring his pals Betty Buckley and Rachel York.
In the wake of Katrina Mr. Batt 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, The Human Rights Campaign, The Forum For Equality, LA-SPCA, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, The Preservation Resource Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, Friends of City Park, and more. He has also hosted and lent his talents for numerous fund raising efforts in New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles for Broadway Cares/equity Fights Aids, The Actor's Fund, and many more.
In 2003 Bryan and his spouse, 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). (www.hazelnutneworleans.com.)
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, Isidore Newman School Distinguished Alumnus Award 2008-2009. Arts Council of N.O. Community Arts Award. Young Leadership Council’s Role Model award 2014.
Bryan has served on the board of N.O.AIDS Task force and is honored to be the 1st male Emertitus board member of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre.