The University of Massachusetts Amherst
HFA - College of Humanities & Fine Arts view HFA submenu
Section Menu

Christopher Baker

Associate Professor | Dramaturgy | Graduate Program Director

Christopher Baker, UMass Amherst Department of Theater

Fine Arts Center, Room 110

B.S. Northwestern University
M.F.A. American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard/Moscow Art Theatre School

Christopher Baker has worked as a production dramaturg Off-Broadway and at resident theatres across the country. As part of the artistic staff of Hartford Stage for fourteen years, his positions included Associate Artistic Director, Associate Producer and Senior Dramaturg. He was also the dramaturg at The Shakespeare Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Alley Theatre. He has worked with such artists as Elizabeth Ashley, Anne Bogart, Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis, Eve Ensler, Horton Foote, Michael Kahn, Tina Landau, William Luce, Andrew McCarthy, Andrei Serban, Bart Sher, Michael Wilson and Robert Wilson.

Mr. Baker was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught at the Hartt School, Moscow Art Theatre School and the International School of the Philippines and served as a literary advisor to the Julliard School of Drama. He has directed productions at the Alley Theatre, PlayMakers, and the University of North Carolina. His play for children, Calliope Jam, premiered in Houston and his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was commissioned by Hartford Stage.

His books, Shakespeare in an Hour and Molière in an Hour, are published by Smith and Kraus. He is a contributor to the books The Production Notebooks, The Lively ART and the upcoming The First 300 Years: Stories of the African American Experience in Connecticut and his articles have appeared in Theatre Journal, Hog River Journal, American Theatre magazine and the Hartford Courant.

Mr. Baker received a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard/Moscow Art Theatre School, where he received the Janus Award.