Elise Morrison, IPSY Postdoctoral Associate, Lecturer in Theater Studies

Elise 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, looks at artists who strategically employ technologies of surveillance to create performances and installations that pose new and different ways of interacting with and understanding apparatuses of surveillance.

Elise has taught courses on this topic at Yale, Brown and as a Lecturer on Dramatic Arts at Harvard University, where she also worked as the Associate Director for Speaking Instruction and Preceptor in Expository Writing.  She co-edited a special issue on “Digital Performance and Pedagogy” for theInternational Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media (Intellect), forthcoming in fall 2012.  At Yale she has also taught courses on Digital Media in Performance and expository writing.

As a practicing artist, Elise has performed a number of surveillance art pieces on the public thoroughfares of New York, Providence and the INTERNET, and, in collaboration with Molly Flynn and Michelle Carriger, created the live music-performance events Cabaret Murderess (2007) and Mirror Stage (2008).  She was 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 mixed media cabaret work.  Most recently she has developed and performed Through the Looking Glass: A Surveillance Cabaret with the support of Sleeping Weazel artist’s collective in Boston.