James A. Baffico began his professional acting career as a member of the APA-Phoenix Company and with a number of appearances in different regional theater companies. After completing a PhD in Dramatic Literature at the University of Michigan, he headed the acting and directing areas at the University of Georgia before moving on to become the head of the directing program at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Subsequent opportunities in network television prompted a move to New York where Mr. Baffico then worked for many years as an actor, director, and producer of the following soap operas: Another World, The Doctors, As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives, and All My Children. This experience garnered him seven Emmy nominations and two Emmys.
His acting credits include the following feature films: All the Right Moves, Dawn of the Dead, Arthur and the War of Two Worlds, It Had To Be You, The Cottonwood, Me and Him, Silver Bullet, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Death Penalty, and George Romero’s Knightriders. He has also appeared in the television shows The Wire, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Dream Street, and Spenser for Hire.
Mr. Baffico taught film acting for many years at the Weist-Barron School in New York, and this book derives, in part, from that experience as well as his extensive professional stage and screen work.
At present, Mr. Baffico is enjoying a relaxed retirement that allows for occasional movie auditions and the pursuit of his lifelong interest in the relationship between the Elizabethan playwrights Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare.