‘A Quick 5′ with Keith Alan Baker

Keith Alan Baker

Keith Alan Baker is the Artistic Director for the Studio Theatre’s 2ndstage as well as being Studio Theatre’s Managing Director. His work as a director is currently represented with the Studio 2ndstage production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Past Studio 2ndstage credits include POP!, Passing Strange, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Reefer Madness: The Musical!, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Terrorism, The Who’s Tommy, Polaroid Stories, Nocturne, Wonderland Alice, The Wild Party, Kerouac and Hair. He is the recipient of a 2008 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director on Reefer Madness. Originally from Texas, Keith has been associated with The Studio Theatre since 1986. 2012-2013 marks the 25th Anniversary Season of The Studio Theatre’s 2ndstage! This is quite an accomplishment.

Before working at The Studio Theatre what other theatres had you worked for?

I am originally from Texas. From Livingston, a small town near Houston. After graduation in 1983 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, I moved to Dallas where I worked full-time at Theatre 3 and part-time at Dallas Theatre Center. I moved to Washington DC in the fall of 1984 to attend graduate school in directing at American University. I worked full-time at Arena Stage and part-time at the original Source Theater.

What brought you to The Studio Theatre?

I first came to the Studio in January 1986 to study Directing with Joy Zinoman at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. I then started working part-time as House Manager. I have since worked in almost every department of the Theatre and I am currently the Managing Director.

Heath Calvert as Andrew Jackson. Photo by Scotty Beland.

What drew you to the material in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson?

Its irreverent spirit, its topical themes and subject matter, its unique style, and its emo-rock music!!! And, it was a BIG hit at The Public Theatre in NYC.

The Studio Theatre’s 2nd Stage tends to do musicals that have a pop rock feel to them (Pop!, Jerry Springer The Opera and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) Is this a conscious choice just a coincidence?

Most definitely, a conscious choice! In 2ndStage, we want to appeal to a young audience. Especially with the Summer FUN Musical.

What do you like the most about working in the DC theatre community?

The talent pool of actors, directors and designers here in DC is GREAT! In 2ndStage, we want to provide opportunities for these emerging artists.

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is playing at Studio Theatre, 1501 Fourteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 and runs through August 26, 2012. For more information and to buy tickets, please call the Box Office at 202-332-3300 or go online.

About Elliot Lanes

Elliot Lanes has been a professional stage manager/sound designer/board op for over 20 years. After relocating to Washington, DC from the New York City area and marrying the girl of his dreams Jennifer Perry, he has been privileged to work on productions at Theatre J, Synetic, Prince George's Community College and Studio Theater to name a few. He has contributed designs for many shows in the last three Capital Fringe Festivals, two of which garnered critical raves. He is also the creator of MD Theatre Guide's highly successful 'A Quick 5' column.