Rosebud Baker is a New York City actress working in film, television, and stage. She earned her Bachelors in Acting from Emerson College in 2006, then completing a two-year conservatory training program at The Esper Studio, studying with William Esper directly. Rosebud is also an alumna of the LAByrinth Theater Master Class, where she workshopped LAByrinth Co. member, Rebecca Cohen’s "Into The Sunset" on the stage of The Public Theatre.
In Summer of 2010, Rosebud decided to tackle production; in the most ambitious project she had done in NYC, "Clandestine." Rosebud originated one of the roles, 'Lily' in Alex Goldberg’s award-winning play, "Lying Naked," which garnished her awards as "Best Actress," as well as an award for "Best Overall Production," in Planet Connections Theatre Festival in the Summer of 2010.
Being of good humor, Rosebud then plundered the world of reality television without a drop of shame, and starred in The Sundance Channel’s "Girls Who Like Boys*Who Like Boys" alongside of Lisa Kudrow’s critically acclaimed HBO series "The Comeback," by "Sex and the City" writer, Michael Patrick King. In the fall of 2010, Rosebud was invited to become a member of The Indies Lab in NYC, founded by the award-winning actor George Katt. Through The Indies Lab, she produced an evening of one-acts, "Face Divided" by Edward Allan Baker, and "The Mutilation of Saint Barbara" by Mark Borkowski.
In 2011, Rosebud began to book starring roles in various Independent features like "Turnabout" with Peter Greene ("Pulp Fiction"), Waylon Payne ("Walk The Line"), and "The Maladjusted," w/George Katt ("Percentage," "Valley of Angels"), & Tiffany Shepis. She also starred as "Skye Hanson," real-life murderess in Discovery I.D. Network’s Seven Deadly Sins: "Greed." Rosebud is currently making her Off-Broadway debut, in Urban Stages' "My Occasion of Sin" by Monica Bauer, directed by Frances Hill, which runs through April 15. Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I don’t have anyone that inspired me, initially, to perform... I just was born with an instinct to do it. I honestly cannot remember a time when I ever wanted to be anything else. It’s crazy, actually. In a way I feel like I’ll never grow up...I look at my life and go, “How is this still going on?!?” But I’m lucky; being raised by another artist, I’ve never been told to go “get a real job”...in that respect I consider myself incredibly fortunate.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? ....How long are you willing to read this?? I could go on for days. Tarantino comes to mind immediately....so does Glenn Close. I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible actors this year, and I count my blessings. I have finally reached a place where I am working among professionals that intimidate me with their talent and experience...Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction), Waylon Payne (Walk The Line), and now Scott Robertson, who worked on Cabaret with Alan Cummings and Sam Mendes...and my friend and colleague at The Indies Lab, George Katt, who I’ve worked with more than anyone else this year -- these are all artists who I’ve seen are as generous in sharing their wisdom and experience as they are in sharing themselves through the honesty of their work...
3. What attracted you to "My Occasion of Sin"? What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? I really was drawn to the character, "Mary Margaret." Monica Bauer, the playwright, approached me with the script months ago and I told her immediately how much I gravitated toward the character. There are so many themes present in Monica’s play, and I imagine everyone who comes to see it will draw something from it which will be uniquely their own. Ultimately, I think that it’s the universality of it that makes it a good play, and worth seeing.
4. What do you identify most with about your character "Mary Margaret"? ....A lot. The loss of her family, the lack of structure in her home, the search for a father, and the finding of herself through her art. Most of all, I could see in the play that she was a seeker, that she had what Martha Graham called the “blessed unrest” that is the mark of every artist - even before she discovers the drums, and jazz music. It’s that “blessed unrest” that leads her to Luigi, her first artistic mentor; and that “unrest” is what led me to acting, to New York, and eventually to this play...
5. What excites you about making your Off-Broadway debut? Well, i’m one step closer to health insurance, for one thing! I’m very excited just to be doing it...I’ve never had a run last this long, and it’s a gift, because you’re given four weeks to continually discover new levels to what you’re doing...which is fantastic. More than excitement though, I just feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I’m just ridiculously happy.
6. What do you get from stage performance that you don't get from television/film? Theatre is far more strenuous physically, but with that, there’s the reward that comes from using your entire instrument...not that you don’t use your entire instrument in film, but there’s just a greater level of sustained, physical energy required for theatre.
7. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? The creative journey for me has never been separate from my personal growth as an individual. Whatever I have learned through my own life, I have put into my acting, and what I’ve learned from acting, I’ve put into my own life...My “goal” is to make it so my life’s journey and the journey of my creativity both amount to being one work of art...I don’t really care if I ever get there -- I think all that matters is that I try to live that way. I’ve learned that everything changes, and that it’s important for me to stay awake, alert, and aware of everything inside of myself, because it’s from within me that I express whatever I put into my work, and I just want to make sure that I am being truthful.
8. What's the best advice you've ever received? The best advice I ever received was from the book The Velveteen Rabbit... "...Generally, by the time you are Real, all your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby...but these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand..."
9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Reading minds would come in pretty handy in this industry...but I’d choose the power of flight and/or the ability to run at lightning speed over telepathy, cause they’d be way, way more fun.