P.H. Fisher, Librettist
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P.H. Fisher attended Indiana University, Bloomington before moving to New York to pursue a career in writing. She continued theatrical and music studies at Juilliard Night, Playwrights Horizons, The New School and studied piano with concert pianist Jennifer Tao. She has written screenplays (“Fear of Finance”, “Crow Feather and Wind”), stage plays (“Fiddler’s Green”, “A Monkey’s Wedding”, “Apple Pie”), has been published in numerous periodicals and authored a book for Simon and Schuster.
In the production side of theater, she served as either a producer, co-producer or assistant on such projects as Broadway’s Tony Award winning hit musical revival “Damn Yankees”, David Mamet’s “Oleanna”, “Rogers and Hart Rediscovered”, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” among others.
She co-founded the performance company, Millennial Arts Productions (M.A.P.) with theater/opera director Eric Fraad (a protégé of legendary producer Joseph Papp, founder of New York's Public Theater). M.A.P. became known for its “downtown” innovative productions of classical and operatic repertoire, including the first fully-staged version of Handel’s “Messiah” at Lincoln Center at the turn of the millennium— a show which then toured as the mainstage production for the Holland Early Music Festival, a staged version of Stravinsky’s ballet “Pulcinella”, and an acclaimed NYC production of Handel’s oratorio “Esther” merged with Racine's dramatic play of the same name. Originally conceived and written premieres include “La Fete d’Atreus”, “The Birth of Opera”, La Contessa de Canto e delle Lagrime:Barbara Strozzi”, “Cacia al L’amore”.
In film, she wrote and directed the feature-length, “Finding Eleazar” starring American tenor Neil Shicoff which was a top selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, the Montreal World Festival Of Films, Savannah Film Festival, and Boston/Haifa Film Festival. She collaborated with celebrated cinema director Sidney Lumet on a short opera film shown in the Palm Springs Festival. Later, she also wrote and directed a feature- length documentary about an Olympic equestrian hero and his dazzling stallion, “Royal Kaliber”.
Current works-in-progress include two operas: Wuthering Heights, composed by Frederic Chaslin and Clarimonde ("La Morte Amoureuse”) and her first novel for publication.
P.H. Fisher is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.