Hi, I’m Beki Baker.
I’m an educator, director, and actor living and working in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m the Chair of Theatre at Lipscomb University, a private liberal arts university dedicated to faith, community, knowledge, innovation, and service. Our department is housed under the College of Entertainment and the Arts along with visual art, music, and film. We love to cross-pollinate our disciplines to make new, exciting work. My husband, Scott, is the Marketing and Recruiting Director for the college, and together we work to connect Lipscomb and Nashville via the arts.
Scott and I met at our alma mater, Baylor University, where I received my M.F.A. in Directing and B.F.A. in Performance. We’ve been in Nashville for nine years now, working in both academia and freelance professional work. We have three children and a pocketful of dreams.
My directing credits for the Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Ingram New Works Festival include Together We are Making a Poem in Honor of Life, Showing, Pattern Seeking Animals and The Very Last Wishes of Grandpa Joe, or Mia and Hector Go Sightseeing. I have directed Julius Caesar (starring Eddie George), Shakespeare’s Case, and Love’s Labor’s Lost (AD) for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, where I served as Education Director from 2010-2012. My Blackbird Theater Company directing credits include Man & Superman and The Crucible. I directed Broadway star Eden Espinosa in a staged concert of Tarzan for the National Association for Music Education as well as Tony Award Nominee Elizabeth A. Davis in Tomorrow at Tablerock Repertory Theatre. At Lipscomb University, I have directed The Pajama Game, Pride’s Crossing, The Glass Menagerie, Much Ado about Nothing, Dancing at Lughnasa, and She Loves Me. Recent awards and nominations include First Night Star Award for my work in Nashville theatre, First Night Outstanding Director nominations for Dancing at Lughnasa and The Crucible, and several BroadwayWorld Best Director nominations. I have also received two Excellence in Directing awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. I was nominated for the Outstanding Professor Award at Lipscomb University in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
I love theatre for what it offers in community, empathy, and immediacy. Theatre can be a transformative experience for both those creating it and those with whom it is shared. My personal directing philosophy: excellent process drives excellent product. I believe that people thrive in an environment that fosters the opportunity to explore and take risks. When trust is present, creativity blossoms. Oh, and it’s gotta be fun, too. We certainly ain’t doing it for the money.
Photo credit Robin Dodd Photography.