Bennett Fisher is an Artistic Associate and former Shank Fellowship Playwright in Residence at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, and a company member of Campo Santo, and People of Interest, and the Cutting Ball Theater. His plays include Damascus (Samuel Goldwyn Award, O'Neill Conference finalist), Borealis (Alliance/Kendeda Prize finalist), Don't Be Evil, Candlestick, Campo Maldito, and the dialogue for the immersive theater experience The Speakeasy, currently running in San Francisco. His work has been presented and produced by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Strawdog Theater Company, La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival, the Alliance Theater, the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, Florida Repertory Theater, the Martin E. Segel Center, Burbage Theater Company, People of Interest, Ubuntu Theater Project, Theater Emory, the Unicorn Theater, Sleepwalkers Theater, New Conservatory, the Cutting Ball Theater, Custom Made Theatre Company, and others. Bennett has been commissioned by the House Theater, Theater Emory, Campo Santo, and others. His screenplay version of Damascus was optioned by Bill Mechanic and Pandemonium, and he is currently developing work with e1 based on the experience of the former CIA officer-turned-whistleblower John Kiriakou. As an actor, dramaturg, and director, he has collaborated with California Shakespeare Theatre, Stanford Summer Theatre, Just Theater, Crowded Fire, Pear Ave Theatre, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, and many others. He received his MFA from UC San Diego in 2016.
Campo Santo - Cutting Ball - People of Interest - Victory Gardens - Ubuntu Theater Project - UC San Diego
Honors and Awards
2nd Place, Samuel Goldwyn Prize (Damascus), Kendeda Prize Finalist (Borealis), Shank Fellowship - Victory Gardens Theater, Emory Fellowship Finalist, Benjamin Marshall Prize, Charles Palmer Prize, Sally Abrams Prize
Photo credits: Jim Carmody (Campo Maldito) and Lisa Keating (Headshot)