Growing up in the small town of Odessa, Texas, Billy Baker took to theatre and dance from a strikingly young age. At only seven years old, he debuted his talent at a community theatre in a performance of “The Wizard of Oz”, thus launching his lifelong passion for the performing arts. He spent seventeen years involved in local productions, and has recently relocated from his hometown to the vibrant city of Austin, Texas, to continue his devout pursuit for immersion in the world of professional theatre.
For nearly two decades, Billy’s fervor has carried him far and wide throughout the world of theatre. Gripping performances in ‘Into the Woods’, ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Sweeney Todd’, and ‘Faust’, (to name a few) quickly earned him enormous respect in his community. On top of developing his acting prowess, his contributions to theatre have included, but are not limited to, elaborate set design for various productions as well as stage management and direction. Five years of training in classical vocal performance by David and Kimberly Corman developed him into the robust character actor/countertenor he is today.
His keen eye for detail and captivating artistry landed him a position as a director and puppet-master for a production of Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” Over the course of five months, Billy handcrafted over 150 intricate body puppets and headpieces for 60 students (grades 1-9), some of which had no prior acting experience. This tremendous accomplishment earned him the commendable recognition by Michael Reilly, Puppet Master for Disney on Broadway’s National Tour of The Lion King, and he continues to play an active role in the production’s success today.