Travis G. Baker
I am a writer, artist, hockey coach and substitute teacher. I’m a former university instructor, pub owner, office drone and bookstore clerk. I like dogs and cats and reading books. I went to a lot of schools starting with the Savannah College of Art & Design which was basically boot-camp for weirdos. I transferred to the University of Houston and studied theatre, eventually finding my way to the Edward Albee Playwrights Workshop and then, in 1994, New York City where I lived for ten years, had some success and some failure and met my wife, Holly. We survived 9/11 and the blackout and the drummer who lived downstairs. In, 2004 we moved to Maine and haven’t left. We have two boys, two cats, a small dog and a lot of fun on the river.
Art - Recent explorations with birds, bears, snapping turtles and hedgehogs. I’ve done a couple shows and a few festivals. Am an available illustrator with Maine Author’s Publishing. My murals can be viewed at Fields Pond Audubon and the Orono Community Pool. Scenic painting has been featured on Broadway (Beauty Queen of Leenane), Off-Broadwaty (The Signature Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theatre) and way the heck off-broadway (dark hole in an alley).
Theatre – The Store (2019) and Boy Missing (2018) presented at the Maine Playwrights Festival. The Dogs Pond was named a semi-finalist for the 2017 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, has been read in Bangor, New York and Long Beach. A workshop production was mounted in the fall of 2018 at the Whitefire Theatre in LA – rewrites are ongoing. One Blue Tarp was named Best of Maine - 2013 New England Playwrights Competition and premiered at the Penobscot Theatre Company in 2014. It was followed by a return to the small town of Clara with Hair Frenzy also at PTC in 2016. Other works include God & Mr. Smith, The Weatherbox, Cold and Sex & Violence all of which were produced in New York City. He is a past recipient of a Berrilla Kerr Award for American Playwrights and an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow. Future projects include The Dogs Pond and The Town of Clara Historical Society
Books - Author of Night and the Texas Sky a goth-grunge gut punch of sex, drugs and humidity. Also available One Blue Tarp and The Fawchrawschnesse Chronicles (A fantasy by R. Scott Byerly). Forthcoming works are The Bluest You, a children’ book, and something else, maybe.