Person - Oliver Fiala
Oliver Fiala was senior lecturer in the School of Drama UNSW when he directed Brecht’s Herr Puntila and his Man Matti in 1970 with Les Foxcroft in the lead. In 1982 he was one of the judges of the NT 50th birthday play competition.
Born in 1923, Oliver Fiala was a refugee from Czechoslovakia after the Communist takeover in 1948. He lived in a migrant camp at Kelso, working in a variety of jobs until his tertiary qualifications were recognised. After obtaining his Dip Ed he taught English and History at Port Hacking High (where he formed a drama group) and drama at Bathurst Teachers College 1962-4. He was a co-founder of the Theatre of the Deaf in 1973. In 2010 Dr Oliver Fiala was a guest speaker at Charles Sturt University where an annual scholarship is offered in his and his wife's name.