Elizabeth Phillips

Elizabeth Phillips

Executive Director 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
Assistant Director 2014
Liz Phillips

I am a postdoctoral Harvard College Fellow at Harvard University, where I teach twentieth century literature in the Department of English and the concentration in Theater, Dance, and Media. I specialize in modern drama and European and Anglophone literatures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My additional research interests include affect theory, phenomenology, and the history of psychology. My current book project, The Radiant Abyss: Boredom and the Modern Stage,  examines the symbiotic histories of theatrical innovation and boring aesthetics from Existentialist philosophy of the nineteenth century to the present moment, with key studies on Maeterlinck, Chekhov, and Beckett. 

At Harvard, I am the Executive Director of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research. I also coordinated the Theater and Performance Colloquium from 2014-2017.  During the year 2018-2019, I was a Mellon Fellow at the Council for European Studies at Columbia University.

Outside of the academy, I make theater with the New York-based Cacolet Collective and the Durham, NC-based Delta Boys.