Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Theatre

 William Fisher


Student and assistant of Etienne Decroux from 1979-1983, William joined Butler as the Theatre Department Chair and Professor after 19 years at Ohio University where he headed the undergraduate performance program, served on the African Studies and International Studies faculties, and eventually as Director of the School of Theater. He has directed and devised projects, performed, and taught in Paris, San Francisco, L.A., New York, London, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Hamburg, Cape Town, and other venues.  In 2009 he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts Theatre and Dance Department in Reykjavik, working in the Theory and Practice program.

After leaving Paris he founded Zeta Collective, a company and venue in downtown Los Angeles that focused on new performance work and training.  Over the years his research and practice have been supported though the US Information Service guest artist program, the Soros Foundation through the CDU Zagreb, The Puffin Foundation, the National/State partnership (CAC/NEA), Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and the US Department of Education (Title IV).  He has been a site reporter for the NEA Theater Program, served on the National Movement Theatre Association board of directors, edited Movement Theatre Quarterly, and his article Struggle and Irony / Ashes and Flames appears in Words on Decroux, (Thomas Leabhart, editor, 1994). In 1998, William returned to training with Anne Bogart and SITI Company and has maintained a relationship to that work and company. 

In 2004, along with the late Nigerian playwright and poet, Dr. Esiaba Irobi, he organized Performing Peace, an international symposium through the Baker Peace Conference.  William's dedication to international training and practice has included five years as master teacher and festival coordinator at the MKFM, the International Festival of Youth Theatre in Pula, Croatia, founding and directing the Ohio University Fine Arts program in London, and Global Theatre Institute programs in Croatia, London and New York City between 1997 - 2010. His 2009 Fulbright was a Fellowship at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts (Reykjavik) Theatre Department Theory and Practice program, with additional research in Oslo, Norway.  In 2013, he will inaugurate the Butler Theatre Summer intensive in Amelia, Italy. 

Since arriving at Butler, he has directed Small Lives / Big Dreams,The Exonerated with actors form the Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, and Tartuffe, as well as Freud's Last Session at the Phoenix Theatre.