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Jesse Baxter: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty

Jesse Baxter , MFA

Adjunct Professor
Theatre | School of Humanities and Social Sciences


MFA, Theatre Arts, Towson University

BA, Theatre, Messiah College

Professional Experience

Jesse Baxter is a theatre-maker (actor/director/deviser) interested in creating original plays that connect an audience with the spirit and truth of a place — the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. Inspired by new landscapes, he tells stories of places where myths, memories, histories, traditions, and dreams converge upon local social challenges with global implications. Cross-cultural/artistic exchange and collaborative storytelling are at the heart of his artistic practice. 

In 2006, Jesse founded Dramatic Adventure Theatre (DAT, to create opportunities for artists around the world to become intimately involved with distant communities and tell engaging stories that amplify voices often unheard. Serving as the Artistic Director, he has opened the doors for over 300 artists to travel to 9 countries on 4 continents — teaching theatre intensives to over 2000 children, and participating in more than 47 service projects in 28 communities and villages. This work has also led to the creation of 32 original plays and ongoing programming in Ecuador, Slovakia, and Tanzania. His hope is to create and inspire theatre that brings a close human presence to distant places, peoples, and issues.  

Jesse studied at Temple University in Philadelphia, the University of Gloucestershire in England, the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland, and with SITIcompany (viewpoints, suzuki, and composition techniques under Anne Bogart) in NYC. He holds a BA in Theatre (acting & directing) from Messiah College and an MFA in Theatre Arts (devising new works) from Towson University. 

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