Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice
Committee on Theater and Performance Studies

Annie Dorsen works in a variety of fields, including theatre, film, dance and, as of 2010, algorithmic theater. She creates, writes, produces, and stages performances that make people curious and make people think. Whether she is using computer-generated texts and live actors, magic tricks, choreography or auctioneering, she seeks the not-yet-known.


TAPS 22600/32600 Chance in Performance (WQ17, AQ17)
TAPS 25515/35515 Contemporary Political Strategies in Performance (AQ17, SQ19)
TAPS 26500/36500 The Contemporary Sublime (WQ17)
TAPS 26530/46530 Staging the Internet (SQ19)

Theater/Film Work

Most recently, Yesterday Tomorrow premiered at the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), and was presented at T2G (Gennevilliers) as part of Festival d'Automne, Théâtre La Garonne (Toulouse), MaerzMusik Festival (Berlin), Coil Festival at PS122 (NYC) and several others. Her previous algorithmic performance, A Piece of Work, premiered at On the Boards (Seattle) and was presented at BlackBox (Olso), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen) and brut (Vienna.) Hello Hi There premiered at the streirischer herbst festival (Graz), and was presented at Black Box, BIT Teatergarasjen, Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and PS122 (New York). She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she also directed. Spike Lee has since made a film of her production of the piece, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, subsequently screened at South by Southwest Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival, and was released theatrically by IFC.

Also in 2010, she collaborated with choreographer Anne Juren on Magical (ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna, Side Step Festival Helsinki, Théatre de la Cité International Paris, Kampnagel Hamburg and others) and with Ms. Juren and DD Dorviller on Pièce Sans Paroles (brut Vienna and Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales Seine-St-Denis, Paris). In 2009, she created two music-theatre pieces, Ask Your Mama, a setting of Langston Hughes' 1962 poem, composed by Laura Karpman and sung by Jessye Norman and The Roots (Carnegie Hall) and ETHEL's Truckstop, seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. Her pop-political performance project Democracy in America was presented at PS122 in spring 2008. Her short film, I Miss, originally the centerpiece of Democracy in America, screened at American Film Institute Festival (AFI Fest), SXSW Film Festival, The New York Film Festival's "Views From the Avant-Garde" and the Nantucket Film Festival.


2014 Recipient of Herb Alpert Award in the Arts - read Annie's answer to the question, Why Make Theater?
2017 Recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artist Award
2018 Recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellow

Selected publications

"On Algorithmic Theater," originally published in the blog of Theater Magazine in tandem with the “Digital Dramaturgies” edition (volume 42, issue 2)

“The Sublime and the Digital Landscape,” Theater Magazine (upcoming Fall 2017)

“Poetry is 'No Poverty' and 'No Poverty' is Poetry: An Interview with Judith Malina,” in Not Just a Mirror: Looking for the Politcal Theatre of Today, ed. Florian Malzacher, Alexander Verlag, 2015

A Piece of Work, Ugly Duckling Presse, upcoming Fall 2017