Areas of Research/ Interest: intermedia performance/ performance and technology; feminist theater and performance; surveillance art and activism; theater and contemporary warfare; performance theory; performance as research; devised and site specific performance; cabaret and burlesque performance; rhetoric, speech, and persuasive communication; pedagogy and new technology.
Elise Morrison received her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown University in 2011. She held a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale University from 2012-2015, after which she worked as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in the Theater Studies Program at Yale. Her book, Discipline and Desire: Surveillance Technologies in Performance is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press in October 2016. In 2015 Morrison edited a special issue on “Surveillance Technologies in Performance” for the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Routledge, 11.2) and has published on this topic in IJPADM, Theater Magazine, and TDR.
In recent years Elise has performed her surveillance cabaret show, “Through the Looking Glass: A Surveillance Cabaret,” in Boston and Providence, and, in collaboration with Jamie Jewett, Luke Dubois, and Thalia Field, created Zoologic, an original surveillance-dance-theater piece for FirstWorks in Providence, RI in 2015. Prior performance work includes: 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.