Marisa Martha Andrews

  • PhD Student

Marisa M. Andrews is a second-year PhD Student at the University of Pittsburgh and a Graduate Teaching Fellow for the Department of Theatre Arts. Her research interests include scheduled performances of mass mourning, material and digital archival practices, Middle Eastern theatre, and Witchcraft in performance. Prior to studying at the University of Pittsburgh, Marisa served on stage management teams throughout the East Coast including: Syracuse Stage (Syracuse, NY), Maine State Music Theatre (Brunswick, ME), The Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca, NY),  Civic Ensemble (Ithaca, NY), and Interlakes Theatre (Meredith, NH). Past course instruction includes graduate teaching mentorship for Introduction to Theatre at Florida State University, and TA for Theatre History I & II at Ithaca College. 

Marisa has previously taught Introduction to Performance and Introduction to Dramatic Arts, as well as served as Teaching Assistant for Enjoy Performances.

Marisa is currently the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Spring 2020 World Theatre History I course.

Representative Publications

Review: The Man Who Had All the Luck, Co-Author: Dr. Chrystyna M. Dail. Produced by LA Theatre Works. Arthur Miller Journal (Volume IX) Spring/Fall 2014.

Panel Presentation, “The Closet Autobiographer: Weaving the ‘lost’ closet dramas of Djuna Barnes into her existing oeuvre”, MATC 2018 Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Working Group Participant: “I’m the Witch, You’re the World” ASTR 2017 Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Invited Panel Leader: “Graduate School Survival Guide”, Ithaca College Field Studies 2017, NOLA Studios, New York.

Ithaca College Whalen Symposium Presentation: “Re-Imagining Medea”, an original performance text inspired by Euripides’ Medea, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Suzan Lori-Parks, and contemporary American criminal cases. April 2014, Ithaca, NY

Panel Presentation, "The “Other” Passion Play: Inventions of Representative Mourning and Death in Safavid Era Ta’ziyeh Ritual", MATC 2019 Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Archival / Photo Permissions Graduate Intern, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood: A Visual History", Penguin Random House (Clarkson Potter), 2019. 

Research Interests

Death rituals as performance; Middle Eastern theatre and performance; witchcraft in performance; twentieth century Russian drama; intersections of math, science, and theatre; intersections of performing arts and fine arts. 

Education & Training

  • M.A., Theatre Studies, Florida State University
  • B.A., Drama (Stage Management), Ithaca College