bilingual English & French
born September 30, 1947
Douglas Fowley Jr is an American actor of Irish descent living in
Switzerland. He began his theatrical career performing sociopolitical satire with
Theater in Venice Beach, California, in the streets and universities of the United
States, as well as Off-Broadway New York. Earthlight played a key role in the creation
of the Woodstock Festival.
Douglas studied dance (jazz and contemporary ballet) and voice (jazz
improvisation and over-tone singing) in France, Switzerland and the USA.
Performing an essentially allegorical primarily physical style of
theatre he began exploring the world of the written text while living in Paris where
he created Theatre Kayonan in 1987. The company, now based in Geneva, presents works
by English-language authors both in French and in English for international audiences.
His work as an actor includes, among numerous productions, the original
one-man production “Oscar Wilde, Sacrifice”, John Steinbeck’s “The
Pearl”, William Yeats’ “Purgatory”, Samuel Beckett’s
“Waiting for Godot” and “Happy Days”, Giordano Bruno’s
“The Candelabra”, as well as “Sunset Boulevard”, an original
solo performance. He has played in many European countries, including performances
at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in Avignon.
Douglas has directed productions of Albert Camus “The State
of Siege”; Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”; Henrik Ibsen “Peer
Gynt”; Arthur Miller “The Crucible”; the Hindu epic “Ramayana”;
and “Souffle”, an original multi-lingual performance piece.
His work includes literary and play readings, voice
for film and radio, as well as diverse forms of performance theatre. He studied Topeng
(Balinese mask theatre) and Wayang Kulit (Balinese shadow theatre) in Europe and in
Bali. He has performed Western-style mask theatre and giant puppetry with Les
Montreurs d’Images in Geneva and the Bread
and Puppet Theater in the United States.
His voice training includes work with Anna Cadanazzi,
Molik of the Grotowski Laboratory, over-tone singing with David
Hykes and jazz improvisation with Patricia
He has participated in numerous theatrical workshops
including Eugenio Barba’s Odin
Teatret, paraded with the Footsbarn
Theatre in the villages of France, performed with Company ACT in Paris where he
also directed hearing-impaired actors at the International
Visual Theatre. He was among the participants in Peter Brook’s innovative
Les Rencontres aux Bouffes du Nord.
His on-going work with Geneva director Yvan
Rihs, as well as his creative collaboration with actress/singer Michele
Millner and musician/composer Yves
Cerf is a source of inspiration.
Douglas attributes the evolution of his actor’s
art to contact with numerous cultures and encounters with talented men and women,
above all Théâtre Raga’s Mas
Soegeng and ARTO/Théâtre Séraphin’s Marcel Robert.