Biography

Dr. Kelly is a four-time Fulbright Scholar and Professor of Theatre in the Theatre and Drama Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a diploma from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and an MFA in Acting from California State University Long Beach.

He has traveled extensively as a Cultural Specialist for the United States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs teaching and lecturing on the theatre in Russia, Scandinavia, Africa, Europe, London, and Asia. His teaching of acting has lead him to teaching and lecturing residencies in more than a dozen countries on five continents and in twenty American states. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research.

Before joining the Theatre Department at UW-Madison, he was Head of Acting and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Louisville.

Currently, he serves on the boards of the Comparative Drama Conference (Editorial Board), Stanislavsky Institute Advisory Board, National Theatre Conference, and the American Society for Theatre Research (Executive Committee). Dr. Kelly has served on review panels for the NEA, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Fulbright Commission.

He is also a consultant for the MacArthur Foundation. Baron has performed internationally for the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain; Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada; National Theatre of Norway; Yermelova Theatre, Moscow, Russian; Constans Theatre, Athens, Greece, Academy Theatre Dublin; Edinburgh Theatre Festival; Bargello, Florence, Italy; among others.

Broadway credits include Salome and Electra. Numerous classical and contemporary roles for over 30 of America’s leading regional theatres, including the Oregon, Utah, Dallas Fort Worth, and California Shakespeare Festivals; Yale Repertory; The Guthrie; Shakespeare Theatre Washington; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Old Globe San Diego; Mark Taper Forum; South Coast Rep; Hartford Stage Company; Repertory Theatre St. Louis; Baltimore Center State; Missouri Repertory Theatre; Berkshire Theatre Festival; McCarter Theatre; Huntington Theatre Company; among others. Film and Television: A Day Without a Mexican; Bird; Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers; As The World Turns; Loving; Frazier; Law and Order; The Innocent; Majority Rule. Dr. Kelly’s work has been published in Theatre Journal; American Theatre; Routledge; African American National Biography; Stage Directors and Choreographers Journal; Slovo i Chas; Journal of Ukrainian Institute of Education and Science; Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Peter Lang Publishers; Journal of the Institute of African Studies; among others. His book, titled An Actor’s Task: Engaging the Senses, is available from Hackett Publishing Company. Baron Kelly’s website: http://www.baronkelly.com.