B.A. Joint Honours English & Drama, University of Wales Swansea
Steve Fisher is Senior Lecturer Drama & Performance.
2014 – 20017 Academic Manager for Music & Performance
2009-15; Course Leader for B.A. Hons Performance & Media USW.
2013-17 External Examiner – BA Hons Performance: Media Performance, University of Salford
Former Guest lecturer and Director at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Trinity College Carmarthen & Newport International Film School.
-Joined the University in 2009 after more than 20 years of professional practice, having worked in a wide variety of roles in the Creative Industries including as Actor, Director and Producer for Theatre, Television, Film and Radio.
An experienced professional theatre director whose work has been seen across the UK, in Europe and the USA. He has a particular interest in new writing, Welsh and Wales-based writers and ‘physical theatre’, as well as applied professional role play.
2000-2004 : Associate Director of the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, with whom he directed main stage and studio productions as well as leading the Youth and Education department.
He is artistic director of f.a.b. theatre, a company he set up to create original productions, but particularly dedicated to Welsh and Wales-based writers and artists.
Worked in film, television and radio, in a variety of roles from production assistant to Director ( including producer/director BBC Arts programme The Slate, 30 min documentary episode)
has for many years been a live compere at Cardiff council festivals and various music gigs.
one of the three original co-founders of Swansea-based physical theatre company Volcano (87- 92).
professional experience includes the following:
as a DIRECTOR _ credits include:_
- Catching The Light , The Slate, BBC Television Arts documentary 1999
- Same As It Ever Was BBC Radio Wales
_and over 20 theatre productions that include …
- The Drowned World by Gary Owen, Welsh Premiere, f.a.b. Theatre
- Blink by Ian Rowlands , world premiere Uk & New York f.a.b. Theatre
- Saturday Night Forever by Roger Williams, world premiere, Uk & New York
- Gas Station Angel by Ed Thomas (AD at world premiere, Royal Court and Director of first European Tour )
- Con-Tract and * N.A.T.H.A.N. – two self-written, performed and directed Solo Theatre Pieces…
PERFORMANCE credits include:
Screen performance :
Billy Lamb in A Mind To Kill; Inner Life of Strangers -HTV/Ch 5,
Photographer Edith’s Finger – Easy Life Films,
Teddy Boy Abraham’s Point Spinning HeadsFilms,
as well as numerous television shorts and multiple appearances on programmes such as BBC’s The One Show and X-Ray;
Stage performance ( in the UK, Europe, and Australia) includes numerous roles for The Sherman Theatre, Fiction Factory, Theatre Clwyd, Hijinx Theatre, Man Act, Jesus & Tracy, Y Cwmni, Made In Wales, Good cop Bad Cop and others, as well as various BBC Radio 4 plays. He has many years experience in Role-Play performance for NHS, Goverment and professional recruitment & business training clients.
Steve Fisher was one of the three original founding members of Volcano Theatre Company and the only one to perform in all the original work between 1987 – 1992. Touring extensively throughout Wales, the U.K. (including the Edinburgh Fringe), Spain, the former East Germany, West Germany and the former Yugoslavia in the following productions
- Street Captives by Jonathon Moore
- Greek by Steven Berkoff
- From My Point Of View by Steven Berkoff
- The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe/Berkoff
- V by Tony Harrison
- Medea:Sex War by Tony Harrison/Solanis
- Mag-Beth by Marks & Gran
- Savages by Christopher Hampton, in collaboration with Branko Brezovec and Made in Wales
plus various devised community touring productions
In Film and Television Production roles he worked on Meanwhile (short film, Fiction Factory), House(feature film, CF1), Taliesin Jones (feature film, Snake River USA), Rancid Aluminium (feature film, Fiction Factory) and a season of Satellite City (Situation Comedy series, HTV)
As Academic Manager line managed a large number of staff and oversaw a number of academic programmes working as part of the School of Music and Performance management team.
2009 -15 Course Leader BA Hons Performance and Media
to see some of his former students film work, follow this link
BA hons P&M
Member of ‘Reflecting on Academic Practice’ Panel
Member of ‘External Development’ working group
Member of Standing Appeals Panel
Safe Coms 3 rep
External Examiner – BA Hons Performance: Media Performance, University of Salford
h2. & Publications
2011 produced two short films for the UK Parliamentary Archives as part of the national People and Parliament: Connecting with Communities project working with several of his Performance and Media students:
“Time and Tides with Grangetown Local History Society” (:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctjVO6NkogI)
“Time and Tides with Mount Stuart Primary School” (:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agNgGldEC-A)
For the Glamorgan Archives was executive producer, with recent graduate Aaron Child as director on a short film “Mark Ives Visits the Archives” (:https://vimeo.com/53897394)Steve was awarded a £26,000 major production grant by the Arts Council of Wales for his company f.a.b. theatre to produce a play by Welsh playwright Gary Owen. He directed the Welsh Premiere of the award winning ‘The Drowned World’ in Cardiff in September 2011
- Board Member of Equinox Theatre.
- Bafta Judging panel; documentary category.
- for Gareth Somers, University of Huddersfield, Steve has acted as interviewee/consultant for a chapter (Volcano: A Post-punk Physical-Theatre) in a forthcoming publication
Reverberations: ‘British-ness’, Aesthetics and Small-Scale Theatre , Intellect, 2013 Editors Dr Patrick Duggan, V Ukaegbu
Practise based public engagement projects at USW:
2018 directed “Dido & Who?” premiere of a new musical theatre piece written by Jenny Allen, Music by Dr Rob Smith, as a 3rd yr cross curricular performance project.
2018 directed “ROAD” by jim Cartwright as a 3rd yr major project drama production.
2018 directed “Mnemonic” by Complicite as a 3rd yr major project drama production.
2016 directed “Gas Station Angel” as a 3rd year major drama production.
2013 directed “Oh What A Lovely War” as a 3rd year major drama production.
2012 SIP Award of £2500 for a project with the BBC HE Connected Studio – reaching the build studio final of the competition, to create an App for Radio 3 and classical music.
2011 awarded a £26,000 major production grant by the Arts Council of Wales for his company f.a.b. theatre to produce a play by Welsh playwright Gary Owen. He directed the Welsh Premiere of the award winning ‘The Drowned World’.
In 2011 Steve was included in the research team led by Professor Hamish Fyfe who received a grant of £74,294 from the Digital Wales Research Hub at the Welsh Assembly Govt. The funding was to support a film making project with the YMCA ( design for life) Boomerang Plus TV, Cube Interactive and BT Regional Strategic Engagements as industrial partners. The six month project concerns homelessness and young people and were made with a number of students from the Drama Division.
Steve Produced and Directed the five short films with YMCA cardiff and Design for Life Who Do You Think I Am used professional crew and student actors.
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