Nick Baker

Nick Baker

Nick Baker (he/him) is an actor, writer, deviser, and hip-hop artist based out of Brooklyn, NY. His art values community, radical healing, and examining the uncomfortable above all else. Nick has written two hip-hop theater plays: And Then a Fight Broke Out and Working On It: A Story of Struggle, Love, and Donuts, both of which grapple with themes of anti-capitalism, whiteness, and what it means to be held...
Nick Baker (he/him) is an actor, writer, deviser, and hip-hop artist based out of Brooklyn, NY. His art values community, radical healing, and examining the uncomfortable above all else. Nick has written two hip-hop theater plays: And Then a Fight Broke Out and Working On It: A Story of Struggle, Love, and Donuts, both of which grapple with themes of anti-capitalism, whiteness, and what it means to be held accountable. Both works were developed and workshopped at the New Africa House Experimental Lab at UMass Amherst, a space which Nick assisted in creating with Professor Judyie Al-Bilali's Brown Paper Studio class.

Nick's work centers on interrogating social and cultural issues through plays that combine scripted and devised pieces that tackle the question "what does it take to create community?" Much of Nick's writing is rooted in Hip-Hop theater; using the music, movement, and honesty of hip-hop as a channel to explore characters, conflict, and searches for resolution.

Nick is currently focused on developing And Then a Fight Broke Out and writing a new project called 365 Dreams, inspired by 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Plays

  • Working On It: A Story of Struggle, Love, and Donuts
    Jonny, a donut shop cashier perpetually stuck in place, has vivid dreams of his inner Emcee breaking out of his shell. Waking up determined to change, he finally asks out Mary-Anne, the girl from down the block. But reality is never perfect, as Jonny’s journey to understanding his deep-rooted issues and who he wants to become is just beginning.
  • And Then a Fight Broke Out.
    A commissioned group project on dissent and revolution in America falls apart. A dead emcee wanders through limbo in search of their memory and has a lot of questions. Everybody’s world is on the verge of collapse. Will they find their answers, or do cycles repeat until we all pass the point of no return?
  • Backyard/Blues
    A retiring CEO invites his successor over to watch fireworks from his backyard on July 4th, but bottled up resentment from his employee and wife burst out in the open air, and he is forced to face the ramifications of his past.
  • I Hope You're Well
    Chris, a temp worker stuck on unemployment, holds weekly Zoom hangouts for his group of friends as a way of staying connected, but each week less and less people show up. It’s down to just him and his friends Dreia and Jake, and all signs point to their hangouts coming to an end. What happens when the Zoom call ends for everyone but the person who needs it most?