Bay Street announced today that Ana R. Daniel has been named Chair Emeritus by the Bay Street Board of Trustees. Creating the new position for Daniel, the board unanimously voted to create the role of Chair Emeritus in her honor, after she announced her retirement at the end of 2017. Daniel served two different terms on the board:  the first from 1991-2004 and the second from 2013-2015.   

Chair Emeritus Ana R. Daniel. Courtesy of Bay Street Theater.

The new role acknowledges her contributions to the theater and cultural center located in Sag Harbor, NY in The Hamptons. During her many years on the board, Ana Daniel led the way for Bay Street to grow and prosper. 

“I am so grateful for all that Ana has done for Bay Street over the years," Steve Todrys, the current chair of the Bay Street Board of Trustees, stated in the announcement. "Without her tireless efforts, I doubt that Bay Street would be the leading regional theater and community cultural center that it is today.  Personally, I want to thank her for all of the guidance she has given me as I have stepped into the role she so ably performed for so many years.  I will continue to reach out to Ana for advice as Bay Street moves forward.”

Ana R. Daniel began her involvement with Bay Street when it was just a glimmer in the eyes of founders Emma Walton-Hamilton, Steve Hamilton and Sybil Christopher, recounted Bay Street. With her background in both business and world of non-profit and finance, she helped form and lead a board made up of philanthropists, artists and theater-lovers, including Julie Andrews, Lionel Pincus, Joanna Rose, Elaine Steinbeck and Marty Richards to name a few. She also was responsible for hiring and mentoring Bay Street’s current Executive Director, Tracy Mitchell.

Daniel's philanthropy is not limited to Bay Street and she currently serves on the boards of two classical music organizations:  Pianofest in the Hamptons and The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.

Bay Street Theater is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists. For details, visit


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