John Fisher (Playwright/Director) has been the Executive Director of The GLAAD Media Award Winning Theatre Rhinoceros since 2002. He is also a nationally produced playwright and director. His plays include The Joy of Gay Sex, which was performed in New York City, and Medea: The Musical which was produced on HBO. Recent projects include Ishi: The Last of the Yahi, Sex Rev, and Fighting Mac at Theatre Rhino and Red Scare on Sunset at ACT. John is the only two-time winner of the Will Glickman Playwright Award, and a recipient of the NEA Grant, a GLAAD Media Award for Medea: the Musical, two L.A. Weekly Awards, a Garland Award, two Cable Car Awards, a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award, and ten Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards. John holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and, for the past two years, at the Yale School of Drama. He makes his home in the Haight-Ashbury District with his life-partner Michael.
Theatre Rhinoceros, the world's oldest continuously producing professional queer theater, was founded in San Francisco, in August 1977, by the late Allan B. Estes, Jr. Its first play, The West Street Gang by Doric Wilson, was staged in a South of Market leather bar, The Black and Blue. Now in its twenty-ninth year, Theatre Rhinoceros remains committed to Allan Estes’ original vision of developing and producing works of theatre that enlighten, enrich, and explore both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of our queer community.
About the interviewer:
RICHARD WOLINSKY hosts "Bookwaves on Cover to Cover" heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley and "Arts-Waves on Cover to Cover" every Monday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM, along with the Radio Wolinsky and Bay Area Theater podcasts at kpfa.org
June 26, 2017 A discussion with John Fisher of Theatre Rhino about its productions or Priscilla
Queen of the Desert and King Lear,
aired on the program Arts-Waves
November 18, 2005 A discussion with John Fisher of Theatre Rhino and Ed Decker, Artistic Director of New Conservatory Theatre concerning both companies as well as Queer Theatre in general, aired on the program Open Book
February 25, 2008 John Fisher of Theatre Rhino talks about the history of the company and his own biograhy in this interview, originally aired on the KPFA Morning Program. (in mp3 format only)
April 24, 2009 John Fisher discusses the 2009-2010 Theatre Rhino season, comments on workshopping his play A Necessary Evil, and talks about his early work as a director and playwright
June 14, 2013 John Fisher discusses the 2013-2014 Theatre Rhino season and discusses his latest work as director, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You by Caryl Churchill, at the Costume Shop through June 23, 2013