Tom Bentley-Fisher is an award winning theatre director, teacher and writer. He has worked throughout Canada, the United States and Europe for over thirty years. He has directed over one hundred productions, taught at numerous universities and theatre schools, and served as the artistic director of five professional theatres. During Tom’s tenure as an artistic director in Canada he gained a strong reputation for developing and producing original plays. He is the founder and producer of several theatre festivals, including the Saskatoon International Fringe. In Canada he is best known for his twelve- year tenure as artistic director of Twenty-fifth Street Theatre. Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, credited his leadership of this theatre as having engineered “one of the most dramatic come-backs in Canadian theatre history.”
From 2002 to 2009 Tom lived in San Francisco where he concentrated on writing, conducting his own acting studio, and working as a dramaturge and director for many Bay Area theatres, including Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre where he produced the annual Global Age Project, the theatre’s new play development program. During this time, Tom’s fiction was published in literary magazines both in the U.S. and Canada. His first collection of short stories was published by Thistledown Press. He has been the finalist for several literary awards, has written three produced plays, and is currently completing a novel plus a book based on the acting technique he developed during his time teaching in California.
Since becoming the artistic director of Tant per Tant, Tom divides his time between California, Canada and Barcelona, where in 2009 he spent five months creating and directing a critically acclaimed all-female version of The Iliad for Q-ars Teatre, produced for the prestigious Grec 09 International Festival of Barcelona and remounted in the summer of 2010 for the Festival de Teatro Clásico de Mérida. Tom continues to direct and teach master classes in North America and Europe. For detailed information about Tom’s career you can visit his webpage at tombentley.net. He is currently preparing a multi-lingual production of Burning Vision, a multi-lingual production incorporating original music, dance, and film for the 2015 Grec International Festival.
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Tom believes that being an artist is a great privilege, and that artists must be amongst the healthiest people in our society. He has been practicing the Latihan since the mid 1970’s.