Elizabeth Wellman is an applied theatre practitioner,a director, and an historian, specializing in burlesque performance history, African-American theatre history, American popular entertainments, community engagement, and primary source archival research. She is also the director of the InterACT Theatre Project for Social Change (Theatre 3921S) which utilizes forum theatre techniques to address issues surrounding social justice for a wide range of audiences within the university community. She has presented her research at Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), University of Louisville, and Otterbein University. Her dissertation, ‘Taught It To the Trade:’ Rose La Rose and the Re-Ownership of American Burlesque, 1935-1972, examines the narrative of degeneracy in American burlesque as it permeates popular culture, impacts the development of the burlesque circuit, and is disrupted or re-interrogated by performers who began operating their own burlesque theaters in the mid-twentieth century. She is a member of the first Digital Flagship Educators cohort which promotes digital literacy in general education classrooms at the university. She is also part of the Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Program (OSTEP) Learning Community with the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) for 2018-2019. In Spring 2019, she will direct the department's production of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe.
Wellman Curriculum Vitae.pdf