DC Fidler (Author)
Donald Fidler, MD, FRCP-I
A native of the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains, DC Fidler has combined a career in academic psychiatry and cultural psychiatry with a lifetime of playwriting, acting, directing, composing music, and teaching creative writing and the dramatic arts.
He studied theatre, writing, and psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served on the faculty. He later served on the faculty at West Virginia University and also practiced psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand.
He lives and works with the Alutiiq tribe in Akhiok, Alaska and the Al Moqbali Bedouin Tribe near Sohar, Oman. He also lived and worked with the Kalkadoon Aboriginal Tribe in the outback of Queensland, Australia and the Te Tau Ihu Maori Tribes on the South Island of New Zealand.
DC began his acting career in outdoor dramas, summer stock theatre, and local film and television at age ten. He studied acting, writing, music, and directing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studied dance and choreography at the Carolina Art School and studied lighting for three years under Emmy-nominated lighting director Kenneth Craig.
DC wrote scripts and composed music for over fifty medical educational videos at UNC-CH and WVU, composed three musicals, and his plays have been produced in community theatres and at universities in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, St. Louis, Sacramento, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and New York.
DC consulted and appeared in educational productions for HBO, ABC, and PBS and performed in stage plays including: Hope is the Thing with Feathers, Night of January 16th, Thieves’ Carnival, Blood Wedding, Our Town, Shiraz, A Life in the Theatre, School Children Hiding Under Desks, Boogieban, and Fool for Love.
He is presently a scriptwriter, acting director, and medical consultant for Symptom Media, a San Diego Company that has produced over 400 health-professional educational films with professional actors demonstrating mental health issues. He taught playwriting at M.T. Pockets Theatre in Morgantown, WV and is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Charlotte Writers Club.
Dr. Fidler is Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry and in 2011 retired as the Farnsworth Endowed Chair of Educational Psychiatry, Director of the Health Sciences Teaching Scholars Program, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at West Virginia University.
He served as Chair of the Video Committee for the American Psychiatric Association and as President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry, receiving that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Fidler was inducted as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and serves on the Arts and Humanities Committee for the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), producing documentaries about the history of psychiatry.
He has also led several national societies in promoting the use of arts for teaching about mental health. He published the textbook: Psychiatry for Actors: Building a Character Using Psychiatric Principles and published several of his plays, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu Publishing.
DC is grateful for the fortune of having numerous people in life nurture his passions for writing and theatre and nurture his passions for psychiatry and cultures.