DAN FISHBACK has been writing and performing in New York City since 2003, with a body of work in experimental and musical theater, punk rock, twee-pop, and monologue-based solo performance, all characterized by his overt, radical politics and surreal sense of humor. Fishback is also the director of the Helix Queer Performance Network, a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Helix is committed to supporting and celebrating diverse queer performance communities across age, race, gender and class; as director, Fishback curates a wide variety of public programming, including the annual performance series La MaMa's SQUIRTS.


As a theater artist, several of Fishback's collaborations with director Stephen Brackett have had acclaimed productions at Dixon Place in the Lower East Side, including The Material World (2012), thirtynothing (2011) and You Will Experience Silence (2009). Time Out New York called The Material World "the best downtown musical in years," and named it one of the Top Ten Plays of 2012. Fishback's solo performance thirtynothing explored the impact of the AIDS crisis on his generation of gay men, and is currently being adapted into a book. The Village Voice called You Will Experience Silence "sassier and more fun than Angels in America." Other works include Waiting for Barbara (New Museum, 2013), Dan Fishback's Queer Socialist Utopia Family Circus (Afterglow Festival, 2013), No Direction Homo (P.S. 122, 2006), Please Let Me Love You (Dixon Place, 2006), boi with an i (Collective: Unconscious, 2004), and Assholes Speak Louder Than Words (Sidewalk Cafe, 2004). 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). He was a resident artist at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania (2012-2013), the Hemispheric Institute at NYU (2012), BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2010-2012), Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.


Also a performing songwriter, Fishback got his start in the East Village's anti-folk scene. His band, Cheese On Bread, has toured Europe and North America in support of their two full-length albums, "Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby" (2004) and "The Search for Colonel Mustard" (2007), the latter of which was re-issued in Japan in 2010 on Moor Works Records. As a solo artist, Fishback has released several recordings, including "Sweet Chastity" (2005, produced by César Alvarez of The Lisps), "Strange Little Faggots" (2006), Calendar Boys (2008), and his latest, "The Mammal Years" (2012, produced by Casey Holford).


Fishback was part of the punk dance troupe Underthrust, which collaborated with singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson on several performances and videos. His essay "Times Are Changing, Reb Tevye" appeared in the anthology Mentsh: On Being Jewish & Queer (Alyson Books, 2004), and was followed by several self-produced zines, including "A Very Small Hole" (2005) and "What Have They Done To You?" (2008). His visual installation, "Pen Pals," was featured in the 2011 Soho exhibition of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, for which he later served on the Selection Committee. Fishback frequently teaches workshops on performance composition and queer performance culture at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and other institutions and universities. He blogs at thematerialworld.tumblr.com.


To inquire about performances, talks and workshops, just send him an email.

   Photo by Samuel Lang Budin