performance scholar, artist, and teacher

Elise Morrison received her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown University in 2011.  Her book, Discipline and Desire: Surveillance Technologies in Performance (University of Michigan Press, October 2016), looks at artists and activists who employ technologies of surveillance to create performances that critique, challenge, and reimagine contemporary surveillance society. In 2015 she edited a special issue of the International Journal for Performance Arts and Digital Media (Routledge) on “Surveillance Technologies in Performance,” and has published on this topic in IJPADM, Theater Magazine, and TDR .      

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 collaboration with Molly Flynn and Michelle Carriger, she 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.  Her recent projects include Through the Looking Glass: A Surveillance Cabaret, in collaboration with Sleeping Weazel artist collective in Boston, and Zoologic, a multi-media dance theater piece with Jamie Jewett's LostWax dance group, which premiered in Providence, RI in April 2015. 

Elise teaches courses on Intemedia Performance, Feminist Theater and Performance, 
Surveillance Art and Culture, Speech and Rhetoric, Acting, and Theater History. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University.
emorrison [at] tamu [dot] edu   917-699-5751  123 Bridge Street, Groton, CT

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