TIM BAKER

Tim is Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s Associate Director, and the Artistic Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People. He joined Clwyd Theatr Cymru in 1997, and since then has directed many highly acclaimed productions and won a number of awards, including Daily Post Best Director and Manchester Evening News Best Visiting Production for To Kill a Mockingbird.
Tim has written over thirty plays, including many for young people, and adapted works for the stage by Dickens, Steinbeck, Eliot and Dylan Thomas. Two of these, The Grapes of Wrath and Great Expectations, have been published.

For the 2007 Mold Eisteddfod, Tim wrote and directed the children’s pageant Y Fordaith Fawr, widely hailed as the best in many years. He also directed the 2011 Pageant for the Wrexham National Eisteddfod.  Tim has directed two productions for the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre of Wales). In February this year he re-created Y Fordaith Fawr for Alleni Youth Theatre in Anglesey.

As the founder director of the Catalan company Frec a Frec, Tim has created a number of productions in Catalonia since 1995 which are still touring.  In 2003 Tim directed The Threepenny Opera for the National Theatre, which was hugely popular and toured Britain and visited Clwyd Theatr Cymru. He has also directed for the National Theatre in Japan.  During the summers of 2005 and 2006 Tim was visiting professor at the Lewis and Clark summer institute in Portland, Oregon where two of his plays have been produced.

In 2008 Tim won a major Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award, which will enable him to undertake a huge project involving theatre in small nations across the world. More recently CTC Theatre for Young People won a coveted Arts Council Beacon Award for Outstanding work in the Field.

Tim was also Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre of Wales from 2008 to 2012. He is an adviser to the Arts Council of Wales and also to the Department of theatre, film and television studies at Aberystwyth University, and is an honorary associate of Bangor University.

At the Denbigh Eisteddfod, Tim was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards for services to the Arts in Wales, and this year Tim has been made an Honorary Fellow of Glyndŵr University, again for services to the arts.