JESSE BAXTER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
In 2006 Jesse Baxter founded Dramatic Adventure Theatre in an attempt to combine his passions for theatre, cross-cultural exchange, experiential travel and community service. As the Founding Artistic Director, he has been intimately involved with all projects/ productions. With DAT, Jesse Baxter has opened the doors for over 280 artists to travel to nine countries on four continents, teaching theatre to over 1,500 children, and participating in more than 45 service projects in 27 communities and villages. This work has lead to the creation of 30 original plays as well as successful ongoing programs in Ecuador, Slovakia, and Tanzania.
Baxter studied at Temple University in Philadelphia, the University of Gloucestershire in England, the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland, and with SITI Company (viewpoints, suzuki, and composition techniques under Anne Bogart) in NYC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Messiah College, School of the Arts — where he studied both acting & directing, served as the founding business manager of Alpha Psi Omega (the local chapter of this national honors theatre fraternity), founded a long-form improv theatre company by the name of Quackenbush’s Boathouse, received the Dean’s Scholarship for leadership & academic achievement, and was recently honored to return as the Alumni Guest Speaker for their Centennial Gala and new Arts Center groundbreaking.
Always up for a dramatic adventure, Baxter has explored much of this world. To date, he has explored Austria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czechia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador including the Galapagos, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Kenya, the Navajo Nation, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania including Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, and 44 United States.
Operating quite the family business, Jesse Baxter is married to Co-Founding Executive Director Mary K Baxter -- they met while performing in a play directed by founding member Kathleen Amshoff. The Baxters now live in Queens, NYC and are the proud parents of their adventurous two year old daughter, Lucille Grace -- who just happens to be the lucky godchild of founding members Christen Madrazo and Jason Williamson.
Although quite busy as an Artistic Director and family man, Baxter still manages to find time to act, direct, teach and guest lecture as a freelance theatre artist.