Liz Baker

writer for the stage & screen

Liz Baker writes stories for the stage and screen. She holds a BA in Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College and is currently completing an MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked with Kitchen Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre/Center for the Arts in Ithaca, Skyra Productions, Cape Playhouse, and MHC’s Project: Theatre. Most recently, her play The Death of Odysseus was produced as a part of the Theater Masters’ Take Ten Festival in Aspen, CO and New York, NY. It is set to be published by Samuel French in the Theater Masters’ Take Ten 2018 Anthology.

Scripts

Slip Into Her Skin

90 min (5w, 2m, 1n)

What do a fast-talking thirteen-year-old, an avant-garde theatre director, a trans accountant, and a devoutly-Christian ingenue have in common? When an edgy warehouse production of Hedda Gabler draws these four radically different women into orbit with each other, they are continually forced to reevaluate themselves and their strategies of survival. How do you untangle who you are when the world refuses to stop dictating what you should be?

Soaps Gold

30 min (2w, 2m)

The stars of soap opera Nouveau Riche are thrown for a loop when the show's execs fire the whole production team in favor of a highfalutin New York director who promises to return the soap to its daytime glory. With a clandestine affair, a dire diagnosis, and a destiny-altering secret thrown into the mix, the line between reality and television gets blurrier and blurrier.

The Death of Odysseus

10 min (2m)

Roommates Pete and Jasper have a pretty good thing going. That is, until Jasper makes it his mission to rescue the dying bee outside of their apartment. When a conversation about video games, the ecological importance of bees, and the music of Father John Misty takes an unexpected turn, the two young men find themselves opening up to the scary and exciting possibilities of where their friendship could go.

Just-Fine in Rhode Island

90 min (3w, 2m)

Before she quit her PhD in astronomy, all Bea liked to do was look at the stars. Now, in her mid-twenties, she finds herself with no other interests, nothing to distract her from the failure of her dream, not the least of which being her boyfriend Lin who is a rising star in his grad department. When the two of them elect to escape to Rhode Island for the summer, Bea discovers the ultimate DIY project: her childhood friend Katy who just so happens to be in the middle of her own mental breakdown.

Porcupines

90 min (3w, 4m)

When she left home three years ago, Rose sorta expected that everything would stay the same. Now as a college graduate with zero job prospects, she moved back to find that her sister has come out of the closet as her brother, her mother has moved in with another woman, and her distant father just so happens to be in town. Oh yeah, and her ex-best friend is back too. The only thing that hasn’t changed is Gramma Alma’s drinking, but that’s little comfort. When the tensions of this screwed-up blended family prove to be too much, Rose lets loose the very secret that drove her away in the first place, forcing everyone to reconsider where their loyalties lie.

Resume

  • WRITER, The Death of Odysseus (production) – Theater Masters Take 10 Festival, 2018
  • WRITER, How the Gulf Coast Deals with a Hurricane (reading) – Rauh Studio Theatre Special Event, 2017
  • WRITER, Porcupines (reading) – Kitchen Theatre Company, 2015
  • PRODUCER, What Took You So Long? (production) – Kitchen Theatre Company, 2014
  • WRITER/DIRECTOR, Parent/Guardian (full-length documentary) – Mount Holyoke College, 2014

Audience Services Manager

Hangar Theatre

Responsible for all front of house operations and patron relations including ticket sales, subscriptions, and box office and concessions staff. I coordinated with the marketing director on patron initiatives and promotional events, the production manager on theatre rentals, and the development director on fundraising events.

August 2015 - August 2017

Arts Administration Fellow

Kitchen Theatre Company

Assisted the managing director and bookkeeper with managing the company finances, including keeping track of the petty cash and company credit cards. I managed advertising and ticketing sales, organizing volunteer ushers, maintaining the efficient run of the company office. I house managed for Mainstage and Kitchen Sink series shows. I also handled the planning and execution of the holiday gift shop and silent auction fundraiser.

July 2014 - July 2015

Production Assistant

Skyra Productions

Assisted in the Art and Production departments for the filming of Last Shift, a feature-length horror production. Duties included dressing the set, managing cast and crew schedules, maintaining the set and production supplies, and assisting the head of the art department and the assistant director.

June 2013

Team Photographer/Videographer

Cape Cod Baseball League

Photographed, filmed, and edited the home and away games for the Cape League’s Falmouth Commodores for promotional and archival purposes.

June 2013-August 2013

Media

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The Death of Odysseus, Theater Masters' Take Ten Festival, February 2018

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