Elise Morrison, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor Theater Studies
220 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-8925
(917) 699-5751

Elise Morrison received her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown University in 2011. Her book project, Discipline and Desire: Surveillance Technologies in Performance, forthcoming from University of Michigan Press, focuses on artists who strategically employ technologies of surveillance to create performances that pose new and different ways of interacting with and understanding apparatuses of surveillance. Morrison has published on this topic in International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (IJPADM), Theater Magazine, and TDR. She recently edited a special issue on “Surveillance Technologies in Performance” for IJPADM (Routledge: Fall 2015, 11.2), where she has served on the editorial board since 2010 and previously co-edited a special issue on “Digital Performance and Pedagogy” in Fall 2012. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY) from 2012-2015, Elise taught courses on Digital media in performance, Feminist theater and performance, Surveillance and society, and Public speaking. As the new Director for Undergraduate Studies for Theater Studies at Yale, Elise will continue to teach these courses and to co-convene the Performance Studies Working Group.

Prior to her time at Yale, Elise worked as a Lecturer on Dramatic Arts, Associate Director for Speaking Instruction at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and Preceptor in Expository Writing at Harvard University. As a practicing artist, Elise has performed a number of surveillance art pieces on the public thoroughfares of New York, Providence and the INTERNET. In 2014-15, she joined forces with Jamie Jewett’s LostWax Dance Theater, media artist Luke Dubois, and literary artist Thalia Field to create Zoologic, an original surveillance-dance-theater piece for FirstWorks in Providence, RI. Prior to this, Morrison developed Through the Looking Glass: A Surveillance Cabaret with Sleeping Weazel artist’s collective in Boston, and worked as a Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre in Providence, RI from 2009-2011, where she taught acting, appeared in numerous productions, including Sweet Disaster (2008), Biography of a Constellation (2008), Anna Bella Eema (2009), and the burlesque cabaret Jingle Belles and a Few Balls (2009, 2010), and developed original intermedia cabaret work. Earlier intermedia cabaret works include Cabaret Murderess (2007) and Mirror Stage (2008) with co-creators Molly Flynn and Michelle Carriger.