Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director
The Oldest Queer Theater in America

The Rhino Mission

Theatre Rhinoceros develops and produces works of theatre that enlighten, enrich, and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of our queer community.

Read about the Rhino History.

The People Behind The Rhino

John Fisher

Executive Director

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John Fisher, Artistic DirectorJohn 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.

Joseph Tally

Assistant to the Executive Director

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Joseph Tally


Saucybooks Professional Bookkeeping


The Board of Directors
Catherine Brannigan Catherine Brannigan
Jim McCunn

James McCunn
Vice President

Small Rhino Davd Goodwin
Josh Dunsby, PhD
Photo by David Wilson
Josh Dunsby, PhD
Operations Chair
Craig Souza
Photo by David Wilson

Craig Souza
Facilities Chair

Rhino Kim Larsen
Pam McLaughlin
Brian Yates-Sharber Brian Yates-Sharber

Contact Us
Ticket Hotline:  800 838-3006
Administration: 415 552-4100
               FAX:  415 946-8801

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