Generously funded by the greatly gifted actor (and former TK Student), Claudia Corrieri, this monetary scholarship prize of $2500 will go towards Baker’s future classes at Terry Knickerbocker Studio as he continues to develop his acting instrument.
Applicants were asked to submit the beginning 5-10 pages of a short story, the first 1-2 scenes of a play, or the the first 1-3 scenes of a film script, along with a paragraph breakdown of the overall story, and a short paragraph of a personal biography.
Out of 57 submissions, Baker, a native of Cleveland, was awarded the scholarship based on the beginnings of his piece Cotton Bolls and In Between, a story “about identity and acceptance”. He cites having a “deep desire to tell meaningful stories” as the catalyst behind his submission.
“I quit my sales job in Boston and moved to New York, a year and a half ago, to hone my craft. I was fortunate enough to find the Terry Knickerbocker Studio along the way. So far, the conservatory has had a meaningful impact on my life, allowing me to grow not only as an actor, but as a human being, in constant search for the truth.”
According to Corrieri, his submission stood out because “it was well written. The pacing and flow feel comfortable, and it feels universal in its beginning; with much potential to grow.”
Claudia Corrieri is an artist based in New York, an alumni of University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art (Foundation & B.A.) and New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study (M.A.).
She has been twice ‘Extraordinary Artist’ awarded, to live and work in New York as an actress. She has written, ‘Chiara’, a new musical, with accompaniment from Jonathan Hart (Obie Award) on piano, which will present at The Public Theater, NY, Spring of ’19. This project has had a stellar team including the Sound Engineer from The New York Times, ‘In Performance’ series.
She has published an artist’s book of stories at age twenty-six, which went on sale globally with Barnes and Noble and Amazon. An artist’s edition of the book, including soundtrack and film, was placed at the Serpentine Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Corrieri has also created written and visual content for: Art Review, New York Times T Magazine and The Telegraph, among others.
She has invited to work with internationally acclaimed artists such as sound composer, Bill Fontana, who trained first-hand with John Cage and artist, Pedro Reyes (National Medal of the Arts). Corrieri assisted Mr. Reyes by directing a play that presented at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. As well as collaborating with him and members of the United Nations, New York, for the re-launch of the Queens Museum, NY, an event covered by The Weekend Arts, The New York Times.
She has also been teaching for the last fifteen years and has taught workshops at Chelsea College of Art, the Royal College of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. As well as in London, Austria, Italy, China, Abu Dhabi and New York. She has been a Visiting Artist at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, in the Shakespeare class for undergraduates and I has also designed an M.A. program in Theater at New York University.