Cliff Fannin Baker



(Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 6, 2018) – Arkansas Repertory Theatre board chair Ruth Shepherd confirms that Arkansas Rep founder Cliff Fannin Baker died this morning.

Baker suffered an intracranial brain hemorrhage on Monday, Aug. 27 while participating in a corporate workshop in New York City.  He was rushed to Mt. Sanai Hospital where he underwent surgery. He died this morning at 5:30 EST with his husband Guy Couch, also a long-time Rep employee, by his side.

Since April 24, when The Rep announced suspension of MainStage productions, Baker had been serving as an artistic advisor and was very involved in planning for the re-opening of a new season at The Rep in 2019.  Bill Rector, board member and interim general manager, said, “Cliff’s counsel has been invaluable these past four months. And when we announce our new season, you will recognize Cliff’s influence in our choices of productions.  As we get this theatre back on solid ground, The Rep will be a testimony to the gift that Cliff gave to all of us.”



Arkansas Repertory Theatre was founded by Cliff Fannin Baker in 1976 with a mission to produce a diverse body of work intended to illuminate the human condition through great storytelling and is the largest non-profit professional theatre company in the state. Having produced more than 350 shows (including 40 world premieres), the 377-seat theatre is located in downtown Little Rock where it serves as the anchor of the city’s Creative Corridor. For more information, visit


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