Isaac Butler

Isaac Butler is a writer and director based in New York. His most recent project is Real Enemies, an exploration of postwar American paranoia, which he is writing and directing in collaboration with the composer Darcy James Argue and the video artist Peter Nigrini, which will be seen in Virginia, Palo Alto and Brooklyn in Fall of 2015. As a director, his work most recently includes Greg Moss’s Reunion and Cory Hinkle’s Notes on a Disappearance at the Playwrights Center, Minneapolis, Brooklyn Babylon by Darcy James Argue and Danijel Zezelj at BAM Next Wave, milkmilklemonade at Under St. Marks, which was named Best Off-Off Broadway show by NY Press, and Clay McLeod Chapman’s volume of smoke at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Firehouse Theater and the 14th St. Y Theater. As a writer, his prose works have appeared in Slate, PANK!, NarrativelyNY, American Theater, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Fiddleback, The Hooded Utilitarian and Time Out New York. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out Chicago, and The Guardian, and he has performed original nonfiction pieces as part of The Soundtrack Series, The Liar Show, and The How I Learned… Series. He is currently at work on his first book, The Thousand Natural Shocks: A Father, A Family, A Crisis of Faith.