Photo of Dan Fishback by Allison Michael Orenstein

Photo: Allison Michael Orenstein, 2018.

Dan Fishback

Artist in Residence (2010-2012)
The Helix Queer Performance Network – founder, director (2013-2020)
BAX Disability Justice Working Group – co-founder (2017-2018)
Doris Duke Building Demand for Performance Residency (2014-2018)
NEEDING IT: Solo Performance in Queer Community – founder, instructor (2012-2017)
SUBMERGE (QTPOC performance festival) – co-founder, producer (2013-2016)
NEEDING IT ALL: Advanced Solo Performance in Queer Community – founder, instructor (2014)
Helix Lab – co-founder (2014)


Dan Fishback (he/him) is a playwright and performing songwriter in the 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 “sassier and more fun than ‘Angels in America’” by the Village Voice. His musical “Rubble Rubble” was the focus of public controversy in 2017, when a Zionist institution canceled the play’s first reading in response to Fishback’s support for Palestinian human rights.

Fishback has released several music albums, both solo and with his band. With the Helix Queer Performance Network, Fishback created La MaMa Experimental Theater’s annual series “La MaMa’s Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance.” Fishback hosted the podcast “Sick Day with Dan Fishback” (2018-2019) which was loosely about his Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which he has had since 2009.