Dan Fishback
Doris Duke Artist in Residence (2016-2018)
Artist in Residence (2010-2012)

Dan Fishback (he/him) is a playwright and performing songwriter, and has released several musical albums, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread. He founded The Helix Queer Performance Network in 2013, and directed its programming through 2020. Fishback’s 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 “a forceful, often hilarious reflection on the politics of American occupation” by the Village Voice. His musical “Rubble Rubble” was the focus of public controversy in 2017, when the American Jewish Historical Society canceled the play’s first reading in response to Fishback’s support for Palestinian human rights.

At BAX, Fishback developed the Helix Queer Performance Network, through which he founded and oversaw various BAX programs like the annual workshop “NEEDING IT: Solo Performance in Queer Community,” and “Submerge”–an annual platform for QTPOC performance curators. He was the resident artist for BAX’s Doris Duke Building Demand for Performance grant. Fishback also co-founded BAX’s Disability Justice Working Group, and served on many panels to select artists for the AIR and Space Grant programs. At Helix’s other partner organizations, Fishback ran a series of public programs and Flash Collectives at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and created La MaMa Experimental Theater’s ongoing annual series “La MaMa’s Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance.”

As of 2024, Fishback is producing a series of short musical albums called “Ill,” and is developing a new live theatrical concert, “Dan Fishback is Alive, Unwell & Living in His Apartment,” exploring life as a chronically ill, high-risk person left behind by the end of Covid mitigation in public spaces.

Photo by Allison Michael Orenstein, 2010

Watch Dan Fishback, “We dream in a language we don’t speak.” (2016)
Watch “Race & the Colonial Impulse: Queer Performance Practices” — A Long Table Conversation hosted by M. Lamar and Dan Fishback (2013)

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