ABOUT THE COMPANY
Breaker/Fixer Productions creates original performances at the intersection of theatre and folklore. We gather meaningful traditions and difficult stories, exposing them to wider audiences. Often, the stories we find most exciting are from cultural outsiders, rural places, or divided communities.
Using fieldwork and primary-source research, we adapt regionally specific stories, songs, and perspectives into performances that illuminate the human condition. Championing local ways of knowing allows us to question mainstream values and traditions. Our shows stand as object lessons, empowering audiences to actively engage in their own forgotten pasts, oral histories, and cultural legacies.
We value historical and cultural pluralism. Mining the complex realities of our shared past provides pathways to understanding and sustainability in our present.
We believe that theatre should be utilitarian and is at its best when used as a tool in service of audiences. It should preserve, challenge, and transform local traditions and forms. To this end, we work with communities by leading conversations arising from our performances, curating participatory social events, and hosting workshops that share our knowledge while nurturing local creation.
Willi Carlisle is a theatre artist, folksinger, poet, and square-dance caller. He received a BA from Knox College in Creative Writing and Performance Studies, and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Arkansas. Sing Out! Magazine calls him an “Ozark renaissance folklorist” who writes “brilliant, slice of life Americana.” He is a co-leader of a Fayetteville Oldtime Music and Dance Society and a company member with the Artist’s Laboratory Theater. His debut EP, “Too Nice to Mean Much,” is available at www.willicarlisle.com .
Joseph Fletcher is a director, producer, and stage manager. Past directing credits include Purim-Schmutz, China the Whole Enchilada (NYC), The New Now, Las Posadas, Alley 38, War of the Worlds, The Pillowman, Candide, and The Sunshine Boys (Regional). In various capacities he has worked with the Walnut Street Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil, National Tour of Chicago the Musical, The Signature Theatre, Prospect Theatre Company, TheatreSquared, Target Margin Theatre, Hippodrome State Theater, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Orlando Opera. He is a founding member and artistic producer for the Artist’s Laboratory Theatre a nonprofit community based devised theatre company in Fayetteville, AR. He has a BFA in Theatre from University of Central Florida.