Douglas Morse | Part-Time Assistant Professor | The New School for Public Engagement
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    Douglas Morse

    Part-Time Assistant Professor

    MFA in Filmmaking, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

    Douglas Morse

    Douglas Morse has adapted and directed medieval and Renaissance classics for the screen: The Summoning of Everyman, Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Students and scholars in The United States and at Universities around the world study the films.

    Professor Morse’s three other features include a documentary about hikers on the Appalachian Trail, a docu-drama about Manhattan parents searching for an appropriate kindergarten for their gifted child, and a quintessential indie feature staring Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Chris Diamantopoulos (The Office, 24, The Three Stooges Movie) and Broadway star Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose, Jersey Boys, Tommy, Rent). Trailers and clips can be viewed at

    Courses Taught

    • Screenwriting
    • Script Analysis

    Recent Publications

    Douglas Morse’s film adaptations of classic theatrical works The Jew of Malta, Everyman and The Merchant of Venice are distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences, the largest distributor of Educational Media in the US.

    Research Interests

    • Theatrical Adaptation
    • Screenplay Analysis
    • Game Theory and Design

    Professional Affiliations

    • North East Modern Language Association(NeMLA)
    • Marlowe Society of America (MSA)
    • Independent Feature Project (IFP)

    Recent Presentations/Exhibits

    • Special Address, 44th Annual North East MLA Convention, Boston: Cultural Studies and Film “Truth and Deception in The Jew of Malta, a Director’s Perspective” 
    • Seventh International Marlowe Conference, screening and panel: Genre and Approaches to Teaching, Editing, and Adapting The Jew of Malta

    Awards and Honors

    • Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge
    • Awarded Grants from The Faculty Development and Research Funds, The New School for Public Engagement