“Good storytelling is a sort of fearless magic act, in which events move too quickly to tolerate objection… And this is the way that director Randy Baker and the rest of the Rorschach troupe tell this story: with such assurance and commitment that the impossible seems true.” – DC Theater Scene
(This page last updated December 2016)
Randy Baker is a playwright, director and the co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre which he founded with Jenny McConnell Frederick in the summer of 1999. He is also faculty and a resident artist at American University, faculty at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Theatre Lab and a frequent guest artist and educator at a number of institutions including Imagination Stage, The Writer’s Center, Georgetown University, Catholic University and George Washington University. He recently finished his residency as a member of The Playwright’s Arena, a part of Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute.
As a director with Rorschach Theatre he has directed Very Still and Hard to See (which was nominated for five Helen Hayes awards including Best Director), The Electric Baby, She Kills Monsters, The Minotaur, After the Quake, 1001, Rhinoceros, JB, Behold!, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards and Monster. Some recent projects outside of Rorschach include a shadow puppet gamelan-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream at WSC Avant Bard, Big Love at Catholic University, Anon/ymous at Georgetown University and Marat/Sade and his own adaptation of Rashōmon at American University. Some of the other companies where he has directed include Source Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, Inkwell Theatre, First Draft, NCDA’s Actors Repertory Theatre, Wayward Theatre, Cherry Red Productions, Catholic University, American University and Young Playwrights Theater as well as a number of shows with high-school actors at Imagination Stage and Theatre Lab.
Readings and workshops of plays include The Burning Road which was developed at Arena stage and had a reading in the Kogod Cradle in March 2014; Forgotten Kingdoms which has received readings at National New Play Network, Kennedy Center Page to Stage festival, Inkwell Theatre, The Arts Club of Washington, Jakarta Players (Indonesia), Wordsmyth Theater (Houston) and the National Newborn Festival at MTWorks (New York) where it won the Audience Choice Award; Monastery which was developed through Theater J’s Locally Grown program and had a public reading in May 2013; Circus of Fallen Angels which was commissioned by and performed at the National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and received a workshop production at American University; Gilgamesh which received a staged reading at Rorschach Theatre and Vox which was developed at Theater Alliance.
The son of educators and the grandson of Pentecostal missionaries, Randy grew up overseas, mostly in Singapore and Malaysia where his family still lives. He attended the University of Richmond before moving to Washington DC in 1997 and currently lives in Takoma Park with his wife, costume designer Debra Kim Sivigny. He received his MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.