About Melissa Baker
Twisted yarns and tall tales!
I am the fruit of an improbable union, that of a ravingly enthusiastic Irish American father and an Appalachian hillbilly mother. Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, stories of the Bean Sidhe tangled with tales of the witch of Pungo and the pungent smell of magnolia combined with the mists of Tara in my mind inflicting a permanent fever of whimsy.
With a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University I began directing plays in New Caledonia, from 1994 to 1998. I was thrilled to work with Native Kanak performers to co-create the inaugural show for the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Center.
I obtained an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 2003 where I began experimenting with transdisciplinary theatre. I integrated circus through my projects at “Cirque de Lomme”, France beginning in 2005.
I moved to Ireland in 2007 and became enthralled with the storytelling tradition. Storytellers, Liz Weir, Michel Hindenoch and Alberto Garcia Sànchez taught me and guided me through the next decade as I became a full time professional storyteller. After spending several years in Ireland I established myself in France. I am honored to be one of the storytellers of “Les Singuliers”, www.lessinguliers.fr, and enjoy performing over a hundred shows a year in French and English at festivals in many lands.
Contes en Îles- Quebec, Maison du Conte- Belgium, Siamsa Tire, Earagail Arts Festival, Three Rivers Storytelling festival, Waterford Spraoi Festival, Mermaid Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre, Cork Midsummer Festival, Glor, Birr Theatre- Ireland and many more in France visit www.melisssabaker.eu for my French site!