About David A. Baecker

David Baecker has been a professor of theatre at Russell Sage College since 2002. He is also a long-time communications coach with the New York State Defenders Association. During Professor Baecker’s time at Sage, he has collaborated with the Hart-Cluett Museum, Troy Foundry Theatre, Oakwood Cemetery, the WORKER Center of the Capital District, and other local organizations. Professor Baecker has taught for many years in RSC general education core classes, like Women in the World and Exploring Intercultural Perspectives, and values the aspects of diversity, social justice, and civic engagement that are introduced to students. In addition to directing productions with the Theatre Institute at Sage, Professor Baecker has directed with the New York State Theatre Institute, Theater Voices, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, the Santa Fe Theatre Festival, and at the New York Fringe Festival. He recently completed a sabbatical project in the UK, collaborating with a disability activist on a new play, Let Right Be Done. Professor Baecker has an MFA from Florida State University, a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a teaching certificate from London’s Shakespeare’s Globe. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Recent Courses Taught

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

Distinctions & Awards

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”

Educational Background

MFA, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
Certificate, Shakespeare’s Globe “Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance”