Elizabeth Wellman is a theatre artist, director, and historian, specializing in burlesque performance history, African-American theatre history, American popular entertainments, community engagement, applied theatre, 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 the Mid-America Theatre Conference, 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. In early 2016, she is also working as the Curriculum and Script Consultant for the Columbus-based arts collective, Maroon Arts Group writers' residency.
Wellman Curriculum Vitae.pdf