Bard Faculty

Annie Dorsen

Visiting Artist in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance


BA, Yale College; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Annie Dorsen is an Obie Award–winning director and writer who has worked in theater, film, dance, and digital performance. In her work, she tries to “make perceptible how ideas change over time: where they come from, how they influence and are influenced by politics and culture, and how they take root in the body, physically and emotionally.” Since 2010, she has worked with algorithms as full creative collaborators in what she calls "algorithmic theater.” Recent algorithmic works include The Great Outdoors (2017) and Yesterday Tomorrow (2015), performed in New York and throughout Europe; Youtube 1–4, a series of short videos made from YouTube comments; A Piece of Work, a deconstruction of Hamlet; and Hello Hi There, a dialogue inspired by a televised debate between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. Other works include the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which won the Obie for best new theater piece and was the subject of a film by Spike Lee that was screened at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals; Magical, a 2010 collaboration with choreographer Anne Juren; and Pièce Sans Paroles, with Juren and DD Dorvillier. Dorsen is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from, among others, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Fondation d’Enterprise Hermès New Settings Program, New York State Council on the Arts, and MAP Fund. In addition to the Obie, honors also include a Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and Audelco Award for best director of a musical. She has taught or served as guest lecturer or instructor at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, California Institute of the Arts, Bard College (2012), and Brown University. At Bard: Spring 2018.