John Fisher (Executive Director) is a playwright, director, actor and teacher.
Recent play writing credits include his play Shakespeare Goes to War (nominated for six 2016 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards) and To Sleep and Dream (2014 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Script) as well as his direction of and acting in the Theatre Bay Area Award-winning production of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art and the TBA Recommended Production of Breaking the Code (nominated for five 2016 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards.)
In the 2014-15 season John also directed the West Coast Premiere of David Mamet’s The Anarchist.
John’s plays include The Joy of Gay Sex, which was produced Off-Broadway, and Medea: The Musical, which was produced as a part of the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and ran for eighteen months in its original San Francisco production.
John is a two-time winner of the Will Glickman Playwright Award, and a recipient of two NEA Project Grants, an SF Arts Commission Grant, a GLAAD Media Award for Best L.A. Theatre, two L.A. Weekly Awards, a Garland Award, two Cable Car Awards, a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award, and five Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards.
He holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley and has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, A.C.T. and at the Yale School of Drama. Recent work includes SexRev: The José Sarria Experience, a Theatre Rhino production at CounterPULSE. Recent directing projects include A Lady and Woman at the Eureka Theatre and Food Stories for Word-for-Word.
Since 2003 John has been Executive/Artistic Director of the GLAAD Media Award Winning Theatre Rhinoceros, the longest running LGBT theatre in the nation.