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Steven Fischer 


Creativity Speaker

Two-time Emmy® Award nominated filmmaker

Fulbright Recipient

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Steven Fischer's enriching lectures on creative self-development, storytelling, and cartoon history are punctuated by discoveries made in a 20-year career in cartoons, animation and live action filmmaking, and from a formal education at the London Cartoon Centre and University of Maryland Baltimore County. His stories personalize an enlightening journey into the creative process, how we manifest dreams, and the fulfilling life of a working artist. His lectures are ideal for university-aged students with a passion for the arts.


His commissioned work includes scripts and films for Maryland Public Television/PBS, Oprah Winfrey Network/Chester Films, Boston Red Sox/Mort Kasman Prods., and AmeriCorps. His cartoons have been published in two books and in a range of periodicals including Dialogue and 9-1-1 Magazine. His critically acclaimed 2007 animated film Freedom Dance features Mariska Hargitay and won the CINE Masters Series Award. His 2011 documentary Old School New School features actor Brian Cox and jazz great McCoy Tyner among a cast of artistic heavyweights exploring the nature of creativity. 


In 2014, Steven Fischer received a Fulbright Award and was invited as a Specialist in Creativity and Cartoon Storytelling to present a cartoon storytelling class at University of Debrecen, Hungary. While in Hungary, Mr. Fischer presented a lecture on the ways we bring characters to life at the Debreceni Egyetemi Theater Festival and screened his critically acclaimed animated movie, Freedom Dance (featuring Mariska Hargitay), throughout the country.

Mr. Fischer also recently presented a character development workshop at the legendary Second City Training Center in Chicago, and toured the Middle East and Southeast Asia as guest lecturer aboard Cunard's luxury ocean liner Queen Mary 2, presenting lectures on nurturing creativity, the ways writers develop characters, cartoon art and the healing process, and the history of cartoons.

In Spring 2015, Mr. Fischer will serve as a guest of Harvard Medical School presenting his lecture on how cartoons contribute to healing. He is also scheduled to present this lecture to the

Hungarian Medical Association of America at Northeastern University. In the Summer 2015, Mr. Fischer will serve as Guest Artist at St. John's College Film Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at the University of Colorado's LYNX Media & Arts camp.


For his achievements in the arts, The Daily Record included Steven on their 2010 list of 60 Influential Marylanders.



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