Baron Kelly joins the Department of Theatre in Spring 2017 as a Langston Hughes Visiting Associate Professor. Dr. Kelly is a four-time Fulbright Scholar and a member of the National Theatre Conference. He earned his PhD in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, a diploma from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and an MFA in Acting from California State University Long Beach. He has traveled extensively as a Cultural Specialist for the United States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs teaching and lecturing on the theatre in Russia; Scandinavia; Africa; Europe; and Asia. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research. Currently, he serves on the boards of both the Comparative Drama Conference and Stanislavsky Institute.
Besides his extensive television work a few of his international and national performances include Broadway (Salome with Al Pacino and Electra), The Royal National Theatre in London (Coriolanus), Canada's Stratford Festival (Titus Andronicus, The Bacchae, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, Merchant of Venice, Glengarry Glen Ross); National Theatre of Norway (A Doll’s House); Yermolova Theatre, Moscow (Prophet of Protest); Bargello, Florence, Italy (Macbeth); Constans Theatre, Athens, Greece (Romeo and Juliet, Oedipus); Edinburgh Festival (Waiting for Godot); Dublin’s Academy Theatre (Medal of Honor Rag). And in 2018, Baron will inaugurate the Playa Vista Shakespeare Festival in California with Coriolanus and Othello. New York credits include the New Federal Theatre and the Public Theatre.