Gale Baker

Playwright Composer Lyricist Librettist

Gale attended the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension, Attorney Assistant Training Program presented by the UCLA School of Law & approved by the American Bar Association, Certificate in Civil Litigation, with honors; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada; Psychiatric Nursing Major: DEANS LIST: 1979-1981; BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Theory & Harmony, ACTOR'S STUDIO, acting, directing; ATAS Screenwriters, LATC Women's Project, New Harmony Screen Writer's Project; BALFOUR MEDAL for highest academic achievement; Officer in BETA, SCIENCE, HONOR, MUSIC, FOUR H, FHA, Cheerleader, three years basketball, public speaking awards; DRAMA-LOGUE AWARD FOR WRITING 1990 for her musical Waterin’ Hole, Editor's Choice Award from National Library Of Poetry 1995, Inducted as Distinguished member into International Society of Poets, 1995, Acceptance into Los Angeles Library Play Program for all produced Plays 1992, South Carolina Press Association Awards for Humorous Photo and Enterprise Reporting 2005, Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2005.
Gale's book Neon Queens was first published in 2002. Above are images of some of the "fabulous feathered femmes" who ruled the Las Vegas stages from 1949 through 2000. Information and access to Gale's works can be found at www.neongalepublishing.com

Highlights

An international recording artist and performer, Gale Baker’s first album “Way out with Gale” spent 13 weeks on the FM pick hit list. From Nashville, TN,  she grew up immersed in country music but defected to tour internationally as a solo jazz artist with great players like Mike Abene, Zoot Simms, Ronnie Gale & others. She later hit Las Vegas for the opening of the MGM Grand Hotel, performed in local showrooms and lounges with her own group, where she was nominated as “Lounge Act of the Year.” She also performed as opening act for such names as Rodney Dangerfield & Don Rickles.

Then Hollywood called……....

During work in Film and Television with roles in Space, Favorite Son, Fear & Loathing in LV, General Hospital, Fast Forward, True Confessions, The Tortellis and others, a film and theater writing career emerged. Gale created the reality show Showgirl Showdown and wrote for True Confessions and others with numerous original plays produced in Los Angeles and colleges across the country including her award winning musical "Waterin' Hole". Gale soon longed for a different clime and another coast, and moved to Chesterfield, SC in 2004.

As staff reporter for the Cheraw Chronicle & Chesterfield Advertiser in Cheraw, SC, 2004-2006 winning (2) South Carolina Press Association (SCPA) awards and was honored as Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2005. She worked for the Fourth Circuit Solicitor as Youth Arts Director, the first position for the judicial system in South Carolina. As a member of the Chesterfield S.C. Arts Commission and founder of the 501(c)(3) organization OTRE, Gale produced and directed original shows, taught musical theater and acting, and presented Arts training for at risk juveniles. After relocating to Florida in 2011, Gale continues to write, and perform, while directing in theater and teaching.