PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NDATT) Wednesday confirmed that its president Edwin Erminy Bayley drowned at the Grande Riviere Beach on Trinidad’s north coast earlier this week.
In a statement, expressing condolences to Bayley’s husband Raymer Diaz, the NDATT described the prominent member of the LGBTQI community as a “friend, advocate, amazing designer and a man who had a vision for the design fraternity of this country.
“Humble in his day to day life, he demonstrated exquisite skill in his design concepts with the capacity to always see outside the box,” said NDATT vice president, Marvin Ishmael.
NDATT said that Bayley taught at the Academy for the Performing Arts of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and was also an architect and scenographer with a Master of Arts (with distinction) from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
It said between 1984 and 2004 he was part of the creative team at the Teatro Teresa Carreño, the most important opera house in Venezuela, and was also the technical director of the Caracas International Festival of Theatre and the International Festival of Afro-American Traditions.
NDATT said he designed over 100 productions for theatre, opera, musicals, dance, ballet and popular music, as well as corporate, fashion and publicity events in Venezuela, Colombia, United States and Trinidad and Tobago.
It said that since moving to Trinidad in 2014 from, Venezuela, Bayley made a significant impact in local theatre, and had worked with various production companies and clients.