W. B. Baker, MBE conducted his graduate studies at The University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu and at Coleg Y Brifysgol Caerdydd – University of Wales (United Kingdom). A Rotary Foundation International Graduate Fellow, he later studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and holds earned Doctorates in Theatre History (PhD), a Doctor of Letters (DLitt), a Doctorate in Theology (ThD), and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Comparative Religions (DPhil).
Stage and film credits include performances in Hawaii, England, France, and Wales; with affiliations featuring BBC Radio Wales, The International Festival of University Theatre, the National Theatre of Wales, The Africa Centre (Covent Garden, London), the Salisbury Theatre Festival, along with numerous appearances on ABC, the BBC, CBS, NBC, 20th Century Fox, and films produced by Miramax Pictures, Orion Films, and Universal Pictures.
Previously a University Professor and Departmental Chairman, Dr Baker’s publications include: The Pookah Stories, Celtic Mythological Influences on American Theatre 1750-1875 (London/New York), The Book on Directing/ The Director’s Handbook, A Solitary Frost (New Millennium, London), A Solitary Frost (Second Edition/Philadelphia), The Orphans of Carmarthen, Vault of the Griffin, Ordeal of the Dragon, The Ravenous, The Lion and the Falcon, The Wraiths of Raglan Wood, Parities and Dichotomies, A Savage Majesty, LADON, Conflict and Whores, The Twelfth Empyrean, The Fall of Tartraven, and Sylph.
W B Baker’s extensive academic and professional biography has been catalogued in The Cambridge Blue Book, The Worldwide Honours List, Who’s Who in the World (Marquis), and Contemporary Authors (Thomson Gale). The author has been awarded numerous honours and citations, which include The International Peace Prize (United Cultural Convention), Top 100 Writers (Author Laureate), Man of the Year (USA), Men of Achievement (Cambridge, England), Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (United Kingdom), Great Minds of the Twenty-First Century (GB), The Royal Edition of the Dictionary of International Biography (Melrose Press), and an Investiture of Knighthood from the International Order of St. George (KtOBE). Additionally, the author has been nominated for such prestigious awards as The American Medal of Honor, The International Medal of Freedom, International Writer of the Year (England), and The International Authors and Writers Who’s Who.
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W. B. Baker was graciously presented The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal at the command of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, upon receiving the commendation of His Grace, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, in recognition for outstanding contributions to the Monarchy of the United Kingdom. Additionally, he received vestment as Companion of the Order and Knight Grand Cross of the International Chivalric Order of St George (United Kingdom). Appointment to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire occurred in 2010, when the author received an Honorary MBE for Contributions to Literature. Further accolades include a State Senate Resolution in his honour (United States) and a Congressional Tribute from The House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States in Washington, DC. Dr William Baker has been conveyed the ancestral Lordship of his 23rd Great-Grandfather, Baron William de La Zouche of Bedfordshire: initially conferred by His Majesty Edward II, King of England, at the Palace of Westminster in London in the Year of Our Lord 1324; accordingly acknowledged under English Title Law as the current Eleventh Lord of Thornbury.