Bryan Batt is a native New Orleanian, award-winning actor, designer, fundraiser, and civic activist. His film and television credits include 12 Years A Slave, Mad Men, Scream: The TV Series, and Jeffrey among others. He has written two books, the “momoir” She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother and the décor book Big Easy Style. With his partner Tom Cianfichi, Batt co-owns Hazelnut, a fine gift and home accessories shop, in New Orleans. He received the 2013 New Orleans Arts Council Community Award.