Danette Baker

Certified Teacher

Danette Baker is a Certified Teacher with the SAFD, as well as a Stage Combat Choreographer, Actor, Director and Teaching Artist. Her fight choreography work ranges from sword-play (Cyrano de Bergerac) to gun play (The Grapes of Wrath) to fisticuffs and catfights (Picnic, August: Osage County) to knife fights (Violet) with various other fighting styles in between.Her acting career has taken her to theatres across the country from New York to Idaho appearing in – among others - Bloody Poetry (Aegean Theatre Company, NY), Crash Course (American Globe Theatre, NY), The Rainbow Factor (Director’s Company, NY), Summer & Smoke (Monomoy Theatre, Cape Cod), Romeo and Juliet (Cleveland Playhouse, OH), Arcadia, Macbeth & Blithe Spirit (Wichita Center for the Arts, KS), Hank Williams Lost Highway (Cabaret Oldtown, KS) and The Cherry Orchard (Guild Hall, KS).She is fight consultant and a member of the acting company of Seven Devils National Playwrigths Conference held in McCall, ID, spending two weeks of every summer helping to develop new plays for the American theatre.In the world of academia, Danette is a theatre faculty member at Wichita State University’s School of Performing Arts where she teaches theatre appreciation, acting, stage combat and stage movement; and an adjunct lecturer at Newman University in Wichita teaching stage movement. At WSU she also directed The Dead Guy, The 39 Steps and new play contest winner Freezeframe, which was selected to be performed at the American College Theatre Festival for Region V in 2007. She’s presented workshops in acting and stage combat at area high schools, colleges, state HS theatre festivals and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region V.

 

 

 

Danette is a 6 time recipient of the Mary Jane Teall Theatre Award for Outstanding Acting, winner of the Mary Jane Teall Award for Outstanding Fight Choreography for Guild Hall Players' production of Macbeth, received the KCACTF Region V Certificate of Merit for her fight work in WSU's production of Twelfth Night, and has twice been recognized as the Outstanding Female Performer in the Socity of American Fight Directors National Advanced Actor Combatant Workshop. She and her husband Ed received the Ruth McCormik Award for Outstanding Theatre Educator in 2012.  Danette is a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and the Society of American Fight Directors.


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

2013 NSCW - ACW, AACW and INTERN SPRs

Jul 19, 2013 Rapier and Dagger Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 19, 2013 Knife Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 19, 2013 Broadsword Winston Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 19, 2013 Single Sword Winston Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 19, 2013 Unarmed Winston Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 19, 2013 Small Sword Winston Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 19, 2013 Broadsword and Shield Winston Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 19, 2013 Quarterstaff Winston Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass

Drake University

Nov 16, 2012 Unarmed Des Moines, Iowa Basic Pass
Nov 16, 2012 Broadsword and Shield Des Moines, Iowa Basic Pass
Nov 20, 2011 Small Sword Des Moines, Iowa Basic Pass
Nov 20, 2011 Knife Des Moines, Iowa Recommended Pass

Wichita State University

Oct 13, 2012 Knife Wichita , Kansas Recommended Pass

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Carson School of Theatre and Film

Mar 18, 2011 Rapier and Dagger Lincoln, Nebraska Basic Pass

Slaughter on the Square

Jan 5, 2011 Quarterstaff Sullivan, Illinois Basic Pass

National Stage Combat Workshops: Staff

Jul 23, 2010 Single Sword Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass

National Stage Combat Workshops: AACSP

Jul 23, 2010 Single Sword Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 23, 2010 Broadsword and Shield Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 23, 2010 Unarmed Winston Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 23, 2010 Broadsword Winston Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass

2009 National Stage Combat Workshops

Jul 24, 2009 Broadsword Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 24, 2009 Rapier and Dagger Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 24, 2009 Knife Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 24, 2009 Unarmed Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 24, 2009 Small Sword Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 24, 2009 Broadsword and Shield Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass

Mid America Regional Renewal Workshop

Apr 26, 2009 Rapier and Dagger Lincoln, Nebraska Basic Pass
Apr 26, 2009 Knife Lincoln, Nebraska Basic Pass

2009 Winter Wonderland Workshop

Jan 18, 2009 Broadsword Elgin, Illinois Recommended Pass
Jan 18, 2009 Unarmed Elgin, Illinois Recommended Pass

2008 National Stage Combat Workshops UNLV

Jul 1, 2008 Knife Las Vegas, Nevada Recommended Pass
Jul 1, 2008 Small Sword Las Vegas, Nevada Recommended Pass
Jul 1, 2008 Broadsword and Shield Las Vegas, Nevada Recommended Pass