From staff reports
College of Fine Arts Dean Chuck McWeeny has named Associate Professor William Fisher director of the School of Theater.
Fisher came to Ohio University in 1991 from the Theater School at the California Institute of the Arts to head the Ohio University BFA acting program, now known as the theater performance program. In 2000, he founded the Global Theater Institute program in Croatia and London.
He recently returned from a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in the Theory and Practice program in the Theater Department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik. Fisher earned the Fulbright through the U.S. Department of State-sponsored program that sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. He will return to Reykjavik in late August and after fall quarter to continue his Fulbright research.
Fisher has been training actors and creating new theater works for more than 20 years. His commitment to the internationalization of the theater performance program has taken him to Bratislava, South Africa, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales, Germany, Ireland and England. He has been involved with projects for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in Croatia, Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany, and the Vienna Festival. Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors and has served as the director of training for the Pula International Theater Festival in Croatia.
Before coming to Ohio University, Fisher taught at The California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles from 1986 to 1991. He was founding artistic director of Zeta Collective where he directed and performed ensemble works such as the "Myths of Freedom trilogy: Freedom of Information, Ready? Begin!, and UnCivil Liberties."
He was one of fewer than 15 apprentices of Étienne Decroux, who has been called the "father of modern mime" and is renowned for using the body as the primary means of expression.
Fisher has served as a site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts theater program and on the National Movement Theatre Association board of directors. He has received grants from the U.S. Information Service guest artist program, Soros Foundation, Puffin Foundation, California Arts Council and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, as well as awards from Ohio University including a grant from the Baker Peace Center to organize Performing Peace, an international symposium.
Fisher, who has served as interim director of the School of Theater since fall 2007, succeeds Associate Professor Bob St. Lawrence.