Nina Morrison

Nina Morrison

Nina Morrison is currently developing a musical, Hearts on Fire, with composer Jeannie Fry (linkedin.com/in/embarazada). She is a visiting assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Iowa and teaching creative writing to young writers through Iowa's Belin-Blank Honors Center. Nina was a University of Iowa Provost's Postgraduate Visiting Writer 2019-2020. She was a finalist for...
Nina Morrison is currently developing a musical, Hearts on Fire, with composer Jeannie Fry (linkedin.com/in/embarazada). She is a visiting assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Iowa and teaching creative writing to young writers through Iowa's Belin-Blank Honors Center. Nina was a University of Iowa Provost's Postgraduate Visiting Writer 2019-2020. She was a finalist for New Dramatists in 2018 and 2019, and a 2019 finalist for the Jerome. In December 2019, she directed Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee at Riverside Theatre. Nina's play, Féminaal, was presented May 10-18, 2019 by The Grumble Theater, a Twin Cities company, directed by Alison Ruth. Nina's play Aurora fra Bergen, or, Ibsanity, was presented by Fordham University, directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley. Nina is currently based in Iowa City, before Iowa, she was based in New York City for 17 years. Select NYC credits: Nina wrote and directed the plays Arrow In and Girl Adventure: Parts 1-4 both presented by Dixon Place, The HOT! Festival of Queer Performance and the Little Theatre series. Nina was a Dixon Place Artist-in-Residence, and she was a WORKSPACE Writer-in-Residence, a residency program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She holds an MFA in Directing and an MFA in Playwriting both from the University of Iowa.

Plays

  • Hearts on Fire
    Hearts on Fire is a pop musical written by Nina Morrison with music by Jeannie Fry. The boyband Hearts is at the top of the charts in 2019 America. Daniel, an Iowa high school student, is questioning his sexuality. Daniel has become a secret TJ shipper, meaning he ships Tegen and Jesse, two members of Hearts. He has befriended Alex, a non-binary TJ shipper, and they make “proof” videos that they post on social...
    Hearts on Fire is a pop musical written by Nina Morrison with music by Jeannie Fry. The boyband Hearts is at the top of the charts in 2019 America. Daniel, an Iowa high school student, is questioning his sexuality. Daniel has become a secret TJ shipper, meaning he ships Tegen and Jesse, two members of Hearts. He has befriended Alex, a non-binary TJ shipper, and they make “proof” videos that they post on social media. The videos are filled with clips culled from Hearts concerts. The footage is of Tegen and Jesse grabbing each other’s asses, whispering, holding hands, sitting in each other’s laps and generally looking more like boyfriends than friends. The shipping somehow helps Daniel and Alex feel more comfortable about their own identities and sexualities. The videos become very popular, and the record label gets concerned.
  • The Age of Innocence
    Inspired by a real-life public breakup announcement between two celebrity writers and by the Edith Wharton novel of the same title, The Age of Innocence is a play about the public announcement of the breakup of two people named Jess and Ellen. In a small museum in Los Angeles surrounded by raging wildfires, Jess and Ellen talk the audience through their romantic and personal obstacles sometimes using period...
    Inspired by a real-life public breakup announcement between two celebrity writers and by the Edith Wharton novel of the same title, The Age of Innocence is a play about the public announcement of the breakup of two people named Jess and Ellen. In a small museum in Los Angeles surrounded by raging wildfires, Jess and Ellen talk the audience through their romantic and personal obstacles sometimes using period costumes and role play. The play is a comedic take on identity, gender, love and change at a certain age.
  • Aurora fra Bergen, or, Ibsanity
    Aurora fra Bergen, or, Ibsanity is a modern queer comedic reimagining of Ibsen's Lady from the Sea. Set in Oslo, a woman haunted by a mysterious former lover is visited by her old friend, Aurora, from Bergen.
  • Féminaal
    Féminaal, written by Nina Morrison with music by Zoë Woodworth, presents a world that satirizes the misogyny in French New Wave Cinema and the culture at large: set in 1960’s Paris and the Present Day, this work imagines a setting where women are celebrated for their excess and debauchery and never held to a bizarrely high standard of “historical accuracy.” A genre-defying new play with music inspired by the Yé...
    Féminaal, written by Nina Morrison with music by Zoë Woodworth, presents a world that satirizes the misogyny in French New Wave Cinema and the culture at large: set in 1960’s Paris and the Present Day, this work imagines a setting where women are celebrated for their excess and debauchery and never held to a bizarrely high standard of “historical accuracy.” A genre-defying new play with music inspired by the Yé-Yé Girls of French Pop, Morrison’s work combines progressive feminist ideals with raucous comedic antics to create a theatrical landscape at once familiar and utterly original.