Biography

Dr. Baron Kelly has the distinction of being a four-time Fulbright Scholar and an internationally recognized critic, historian, practitioner, and scholar. His recent directing credits include The Lucky One for Feng Cheng University and Ray Cooney’s Out of Order for National Chung Cheng University both in Taiwan. Prior to that he had returned from an international tour of Romeo and Juliet and Oedipus to Athens Greece and the island of Spetsis. He has taught, lectured, and performed in Russia, Africa, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Finland, China, Taiwan, Greece, Germany, Ireland, the U.K., Italy, Nigeria, the Netherlands, and Portugal among others.

 

International: credits include Tullus Aufidius in Coriolanus (National Theatre of Great Britain); Aaron in Titus Andronicus, Dionysus in The Bacchae, Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice, (Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada); King Duncan in Macbeth (The Bargello, Florence, Italy); Krogstad in A Doll’s House (National Theatre of Norway); Ira Aldridge in Ira Aldridge (Yermelova Theatre, Moscow, Russia); Lucky in Waiting for Godot (Edinburgh Theatre Festival); DJ in Medal of Honor Rag (Academy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland).

 

Broadway: credits include Salome with Al Pacino and Electra with the late Colleen Dewhurst. He replaced Tom Woppat as King Arthur in Camelot and played The King in the 50th anniversary production of The King and I. Baron also played Belize in the World Premiere of Angels in America. In addition to beginning his career with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, he has performed numerous classical and contemporary roles for over 30 of America’s regional theatres including the Oregon, Utah, Dallas Fort Worth, and California Shakespeare Festivals; Yale Repertory; The Guthrie; San Diego’s Old Globe; Mark Taper Forum; South Coast Repertory; Shakespeare Theatre Washington; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Williamstown Theatre Festival; McCarter Theatre; Huntington Theatre Company; Philadelphia Theatre Company; Berkshire Theatre Festival; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Missouri Repertory; Portland Repertory; Baltimore’s Center Stage; Hartford Stage Company; among others. He has also been a participant at Robert Redford’s Sundance Playwright’s Lab and a member of the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble.

 

Film: Thoughts of Suicide; A Day Without a Mexican; Bird; Looking for Jose; Snail Boy; Who Killed the Baby Jesus; Heroes; Voices.

 

Television: As The World Turns (1 year); Loving (2 years); All My Children (1 year); PBS Cultural Horizons (Emmy winner); Frazier; Law and Order; The Innocent; Majority Rule; Homicide; Joe Bash; The Adventures of The Galaxy Rangers. Dr. Kelly has lectured and taught on the theatre in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Ghana, Italy, China, Taiwan, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. He is on the board of the Comparative Drama Conference and has served on the Theatre Advisory Panel for the NEA in Washington. Last year he was given the honor of being elected to membership in The National Theatre Conference.

 

Training: He holds a diploma from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, an MFA in Acting from California State University Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Criticism, Literature and Theory from the University Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012, he was a visiting scholar of Shakespearean verse at National Taiwan Normal University. His book, An Actor’s Task: Engaging the Senses, was released by Hackett Publishing in 2015.