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Jeff Morris

Stage Manager, National Ballet of Canada

Jeff Morris studied technical theatre production and administration at Ryerson’s Theatre School (1987 – 1990), pursuing a growing interest in stage management for dance. After leaving Ryerson, he worked as Production Stage Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre (1990 – 1995, company debuts in Warsaw, Berlin, Tokyo, New York’s Joyce Theater), Production Manager for Dancers for Life (AIDS Committee of Toronto, 1991 – 1997), Stage Manager for Theatre Passe-Muraille (Never Swim AloneMetamorphosis of a Shadow), and Stage Manager for the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA). In 1995 he joined the National Ballet of Canada, and has been Stage Manager for a wide range of the company’s unique classical and contemporary repertoire, including company premieres of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, and world premieres of The Four SeasonsCinderella, and An Italian Straw Hat (Kudelka), Emergence and Angels’ Atlas (Pite), Romeo and Juliet (Ratmansky), Orpheus Alive (Binet), and Frame by Frame – a collaboration between the National Ballet’s Guillaume Côté and Robert Lepage/Ex Machina. In addition to his work with the National Ballet of Canada, Jeff is an adjunct faculty member with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, a Festival Co-Director for dance: made in Canada/fait au Canada, and he taught and mentored stage managers at the Banff Centre for the Arts and SMArts.

Photo credits to Karolina Kuras.

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