Dan Fishback 2012 Artist in Residence


DAN FISHBACK is a playwright, musician, and founding director of the Helix Queer Performance Network. His musical "The Material World" was called one of the Top Ten Plays of 2012 by Time Out New York. His play "You Will Experience Silence" was called “sassier and more fun than 'Angels in America'” by the Village Voice. Also a performing songwriter, Fishback has released several albums and toured Europe and North America, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread, which released their album "The One Who Wanted More" in 2018, along with a music video for their song "Bad Friend," directed by Stephen Winter and featuring Justin Vivian Bond. Other theater works include Waiting for Barbara (New Museum, 2013), thirtynothing (Dixon Place, 2011) and No Direction Homo (P.S. 122, 2006). Fishback has received grants for his theater work from the Franklin Furnace Fund (2010) and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists (2007-2009), and was a member of the 2018 Joe's Pub Working Group at The Public Theater. He has been a resident artist at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where he was in various forms of residence from 2010-2018. Fishback created and oversees La MaMa Experimental Theater's annual series La MaMa's Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance. He sits on Gibney's Curatorial Advisor Team and is a proud member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council.

(updated bio, 2019)

Twitter: @dangerfishback
Instagram: @dangerfishback

Research Questions / Lines of Inquiry during Hemi Residency:

  • What does queer performance want?
  • What kinds of spaces, events or programs can facilitate a sense of continuity between generations of queer artists?
  • How can a chronically ill performance artist participate in queer performance culture in a way that accommodates their illness?

Watch "Race & the Colonial Impulse: Queer Performance Practices" — A Long Table Conversation hosted by M. Lamar and Dan Fishback (2013)

Watch Dan Fishback, “We dream in a language we don’t speak.” (2016)