Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Annie Baker

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2009, 2014, 2017, 2019

Annie Baker is an American playwright and teacher. Her plays include Infinite Life (Atlantic Theater Company, National Theatre), The Flick (Barrow Street Theatre/Playwrights Horizons, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Obie Award for Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), The Antipodes (Signature Theatre, National Theatre), John (Signature Theatre, National Theatre, Obie Award), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award for Best New American Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Best New American Play), and an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival), for which she also designed the costumes.

Other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Steinberg Playwriting Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and the Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She wrote and directed the film Janet Planet (Telluride Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival).

At MacDowell in 2009, Baker continued work on her play, The End of the Middle Ages. During her 2017 Fellowship, she researched and started writing a play that deals with the way women dialogue with one another about chronic pain and illness.



Annie Baker worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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