Paul W. Baerman

2103 Fountain Ridge | Chapel Hill, NC 27517 USA |  | +1 919 360-0963

Since leaving full-time employment in 2009 I’ve written one full-length play and over a dozen short ones ranging from three to thirty minutes; while I see myself as an emerging playwright first and foremost, I share some traits with what society used to call the man of letters. Since the 1970s I’ve been writing, rewriting, and ghostwriting feature articles, personal essays, op-eds, dramatic monologues, short stories, poems, columns, skits, reviews and expository prose. From 1999 to 2005 I served as executive speechwriter for the then president of Duke University, Nan Keohane.

I appear regularly as an actor in experiential learning modules offered at the Fuqua School of Business, and as an oboist and English horn player with chamber groups, choirs, and orchestras. I act occasionally in staged readings and productions by friends, including Ken

I’ve taught continuing education at Duke University, and undergraduate courses at both the University of Virginia and, for Florida Junior College at Jacksonville, on a deployed U.S. Navy LSD to deployed marines and sailors. Topics included executive speechwriting; Emily Dickinson; American humanities; freshman composition; Shakespeare; and Modern American Literature.

For twenty-four years I held industry and university positions in marketing, operations management, finance and public relations.


Video & DVD
[List Rifle Report VIMEO production here]

Dramas to Provoke Generosity (Turnip Video, 2010). Writer, actor, director. These six short comedies, filmed in a “black box” stage setting, are used by religious fellowships and churches to facilitate conversations about philanthropy.

Ambitions Realized: A Nod to Nan (Duke University, 2004). Scriptwriter.

Selected Plays
[list full WHISTLER production here].  A staged reading of excerpts from “The Whistler” was presented at The Arts Center (Carrboro, NC), Burning Coal Theatre (Raleigh, NC), and Common Ground Theater (Durham, NC) as part of Love! Sex! Violence! Laughter! A Sampling of North Carolina Playwrights, produced by PlayGround, a Theatre Co-operative, in January 2011.

“Rendezvous on Park Place,” Utica College Drama Department, April 12-13, 1978.

A Brief Life of Elon Clark. Duke University and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Durham, NC): 2004.

Selected Articles
“Band finds its ‘cultural center’ here: Younger Freelon’s group offers lyrics and lessons.” Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer: The Durham News (May 13, 2009).

“String Theory.” Duke Magazine 93:5 (September-October 2007).

“Signature Hancock.” Duke Magazine 90:2 (March-April 2004), p. 42-47.

“No One Knew What the Patron Was Seeking at That Height: The Eternal Mystery of Answer Person.” Duke University Libraries 16:3 (Spring/Summer 2003), p. 12-15.

“The Paperless Warehouse.” The College Store (March-April 2003), p. 28-33 [with Brian Buttram].

“Publishing, Not Perishing.” Duke Magazine 89:4 (May-June, 2003), p. 48-54.

“Tommy, Over the Top.” University of North Carolina Endeavors XIX: 3 (Spring 2003), p. 7-9.

“Four on the Floor: A Musical Life.” Duke Magazine 88:1 (November-December 2001), p. 48-51, 63.

“What Was the Question Again? Thirty-Five Years of the Examined Life.” Duke Magazine 84:2 (January-February 1998), p. 37-39.

“Giving Voice to the Campus Conscience: Students Against Sweatshops.” Duke Magazine 84:6 (September-October 1998), p. 2-7.

Selected Reviews
Richard Zimler, “Hunting Midnight.” Duke Magazine 89:6 (September-October 2003), p. 53.

Reynolds Price, “Noble Norfleet.” Duke Magazine 88:6 (September-October 2002), p. 21.

Reynolds Price, “A Perfect Friend.” Duke Magazine 87:4 (May-June 2001).

Sharon Cameron, “Beautiful Work: A Meditation on Pain.” Duke Magazine 87:1 (November-December 2000).

Bill Bamberger and Cathy Davidson, “Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory.” Duke Magazine 85:1(November-December 1998), p. 53-54.

Henry Petroski, “Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering.” Duke Magazine 84:4 (May-June 1998), p. 54.

Melissa Malouf, “It Had to Be You.” Duke Magazine 83:6 (September-October 1997), p. 54-55.

Selected Columns
In the late 1990’s I served as a regular columnist for the Duke University Chronicle. Personal favorites include:

“Hate Speech, Love Speech” (October 23, 1998).

“Dreaming in Rich Text Format” (September 25, 1998).

“Bow Ties: Vestigial Elitism or Mark of a Tranquil Mind?” (November 7, 1996).

North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship “to support the creative development of North Carolina artists and to generate the creation of new work,” 2011-2012.

First place for poetry, Seventh Biennial Greensboro Awards (Writers’Group of the Triad, 2010). “Delicate and well-crafted…each poem with its own distinctive diction and its own effortlessly realized form” (Janice Moore Fuller, Catawba College).

Writer-in-Residence, Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities (Southern Pines, NC, 2010).

Prizes for Poetry and Fiction, Jefferson Society Literary Contest, (University of Virginia, 1982, 1984).

R.B. Hull Prize for “the best work in English composition”; C.E. Caldwell Prize for “the greatest proficiency in the Department of English” (University of Rochester, 1979).

Annual Playwrighting Contest Award (Utica College, 1978).

M.B.A.: Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (1990).

M.A. (ABD) in English Language, Literature, and Research: University of Virginia (1981). DuPont Fellow, Governor’s Fellow. Languages: French, German.

B.A. in English, Summa Cum Laude with Highest Departmental Distinction: University of Rochester (1979). Wilson Fellow, junior Phi Beta Kappa.


Board of Directors, Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool (2010-2012)

Board of Directors, Aliénor (2009-2013)