About David A. Baecker

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 20 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.

 

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
Acting
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
Drama
Certificate, Shakespeare’s Globe “Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance”