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Annie Baker

  • Birth

    Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S but soon moved to Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • First play produced

    Body Awareness, her first play produced Off-Broadway, was staged by the Atlantic Theater Company in May and June 2008.
  • Time Out New York

    Time Out New York wrote that Baker "creates normal individuals coping with everyday issues in their small-town lives," and that her play Body Awareness "marks the arrival of a new playwright who would seem to fit the quirky bill, but aims for sincerity instead.
  • Master of Fine Arts

    She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting from Brooklyn College.
  • "Circle Mirror Transformation"

    Circle Mirror Transformation premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in October 2009 and received the Obie Award for Best New American Play and Performance.
  • "The Shirley, Vermont Plays Festival"

    In October and November 2010, three Boston theatre companies produced Baker's three plays that are set in the fictional town of Shirley, Vermont: Circle Mirror Transformation, produced by the Huntington Theatre Company, Body Awareness, produced by SpeakEasy Stage Company, and The Aliens, produced by Company One.
  • "United States Artists"

    In 2011 she was named a Fellow of United States Artists.
  • "Uncle Vanya"

    Her adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya premiered at the Soho Repertory Theatre in June 2012, running through August 26, and was called a "funky, fresh new production" by The New York Times reviewer.
  • "The Flick"

    The Flick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in March 2013, and received the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2013.The Flick won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play.
  • Baker's "weird and great new play"

    "Infinite Life", opened at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company directed by James Macdonald.
  • The Steinberg Playwright Award

    In 2013 she received The Steinberg Playwright Award, which included a $50,000 prize.
  • Spouse

    She married to Nico Baumbach, with whom she has one child.
  • "John"

    John opened Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre on July 22, 2015. It was directed by Sam Gold and starred Georgia Engel and Lois Smith.
  • New York Public Library

    She was a New York Public Library 2015 Cullman Center Fellow and worked on a play about Benedictine monks.
  • "John"

    John was nominated for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards, Outstanding Play. Received six 2016 Drama Desk Award nominations.
  • Adalah-NY

    Baker was among 60 artists who signed an open letter organized by the group Adalah-NY that called on Lincoln Center to cancel performances of a play sponsored by the Israeli government and based on a novel by David Grossman.
  • "MacArthur Fellow"

    She has been named a MacArthur Fellow (also known as a "Genius" Grant), which has a monetary amount of $625,000 over a five-year period.
  • "The Antipodes"

    The Antipodes premiered Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Company with previews on April 4, 2017; it opened officially on April 23, directed by Lila Neugebauer.
  • West End

    John opened in the West End at the National Theatre in January 2018. It was directed by James Macdonald, and starred Marylouise Burke (Mertis) and June Watson (Genevieve).
  • "Janet Planet"(first Film)

    "Janet Planet" film written and directed by Annie Baker had its world premiere at the 50th Telluride Film Festival. It will also screen at the 2023 New York Film Festival.