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 About the Conference

The summer conference workshops bring together the top theatre artists in the world. Our faculty and visiting artists have included   David Adjmi, Edward Albee, Alan Alda,  Julie Andrews, Leslie Ayvazian, Jon Robin Baitz, Alec Baldwin, Annie Baker, Jason Robert Brown, Billy Carden, Rinde Eckert, Halley Feiffer, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Lucas Hnath, Jack Hofsiss, Abigail Katz, Craig Lucas, Emily Mann, Terrence McNally, Nick Mangano, Joe Mantello, Kathleen Marshall, Marsha Norman, Austin Pendleton, Mercedes Ruehl, Anne Runolfsson, John Patrick Shanley, Lanford Wilson   and  Mark Wing-Davey.



  • Playwriting Workshop
     2019 Playwrting Faculty TBA 


    hamilton_steveDirector, Southampton Theatre Conference
    Producer, actor, director, and teacher, Hamilton co-founded Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, with his wife, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Sybil Christopher in 1991. In his seventeen years as Executive Director of Bay Street, Steve oversaw over 50 productions including Jon Robin Baitz’ adaptation of   Hedda Gabler  (Tony nomination, Kate Burton), Sandy Wilson’s   The Boy Friend  (Julie Andrews’ directorial debut and National Tour). Other new plays under his tenure included work from Jon Robin Baitz Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, Cynthia Ozick, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Chris Durang, Rick Dresser, and Diane Paulus.

    In 2015, Steve directed   All My Sons  at the John Drew Theatre featuring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf. In 2001, he directed the world premiere of Ira Lewis’   Gross Points, starring Alec Baldwin, at Bay Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Neil LaBute’s   The Furies  at 59 E.59th Street, Yasmina Reza’s   Art  at the John Drew Theatre in 2006, and Quack Theatrics production of Martin McDonagh’s   The Lonesome West  at the Stephen Talkhouse in 2001. Also:  Uncle Vanya, The Cripple of Inishmaan, RED , all at JDT

    Prior to Bay Street, Steve performed extensively as an actor in film, television, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Capitol Rep, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

    A teacher for over 20 years, Steve also serves as a faculty member of Southampton Arts, and maintains a private coaching practice in his studio in Sag Harbor. He is married to author/educator and Bay Street co-founder Emma Walton Hamilton, and the couple live year-round in Sag Harbor, NY. They have two children, Sam and Hope. 

  • Theatre Lab
  • Residency

     Wish you had a place to get away from the distractions of your everyday life and finally finish that script?  Now you do.  Spend 11 days in the seclusion of your own room hammering away at your laptop. When you need a break, some inspiration, or some conversation with other writers, the Southampton Theatre Conference is there for the taking.  

    To make the most of your time with us, you are required to reserve a single dorm room.  Room cost is not included.        


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