Associate Professor, Theatre

Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy
[email protected]


M.F.A., Acting, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory

B.A., Drama, Washington University in St. Louis

Certificate, Shakespeare’s Globe “Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance”

Classes Taught

  • THR 103—Acting I
  • THR 212—Modern Theatre
  • THR 265—Careers in Theatre Seminar
  • THR 303—Acting III
  • THR 304—Directing

Selected Conferences

Baecker, D., Jennings, S., and Pass, A. (2013) WORLD at Russell Sage College: Building a Road to Student Success.  Association of Liberal and General Studies Conference, Indianapolis.

Baecker, D., Couch, R., Jennings, S., Meaney, S., Moutray, T., and Robinson, S. (2012) G/local General Education at the Sage Colleges. Intercultural Horizons Conference, New York.


Honorable Mention, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (2012) Sage Capital Region Veterans Partnerships for Health (A Piece of My Heart production)

Sage Research Foundation (2009) Research for Eleanor Roosevelt Project

Finalist (w/Cristina Pippa), Acclaim TV (2006) Pilot–Off Base “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”


David Baecker is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Arts and Letters. He is also a communications coach with the New York State Defenders Association.

As an actor, Professor Baecker has performed with the Asolo Festival Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the New York State Theatre Institute, Saratoga Shakespeare Festival, Theater Voices, New York Stage Originals and the Sarasota Ballet.  Directing credits include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Santa Fe Theatre Festival), A Christmas Carol and Silence in a Circular Rainbow (New York State Theatre Institute),Mr. Sensitivity (New York Fringe Festival), The Trial of Bat Shea (Rensselaer County Historical Society) The Laramie Project and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School) and Full Gallop, Humble Boy, andThe Little Foxes (Theater Voices)

Professor Baecker has directed over twenty productions at Sage.  Favorites include Nickel and Dimed, Stop Kiss, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Boston Marriage, Proof, The Turn of the Screw, The Visit, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, The War of the Worlds andWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which received two “Best of Local Theatre” awards in 2012.

Professor Baecker’s other interests include work on the Russell Sage College Curriculum Committee and with the Troy Faculty Council.  He is the father of Eleanor and Charlotte; they are the lights of his life.