Jeff Morris. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
Jeff Morris joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1995 and celebrates his 25th anniversary this season. Born in Toronto, he studied technical theatre production and administration at Ryerson’s Theatre School. From 1990 to 1995 he was Production Stage Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre, including the company’s debuts in Berlin, Warsaw, Beijing, Tokyo and at the Joyce Theater, New York. He was Production Stage Manager for Dancers for Life (AIDS Committee of Toronto, 1991 – 1997), Stage Manager for Theatre Passe-Muraille (Never Swim Alone, Metamorphosis of a Shadow), da da kamera (House), Theatre Smith-Gilmour (To Cry Is Not So, In the Wings of Eden) and for the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists.
Since joining the National Ballet, Mr. Morris has stage-managed a wide range of the company’s unique classical and contemporary repertoire, including the world premieres of James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, Cinderella and An Italian Straw Hat, Crystal Pite’s Emergence, Guillaume Côté’s Le Petit Prince and Frame by Frame (with Robert Lepage) and Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet. Company premieres include John Neumeier’s The Seagull, A Streetcar Named Desire, Nijinsky and Anna Karenina, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale. Special events include nine competitions for The Erik Bruhn Prize and company tours to Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Sadlers’ Wells, The Music Centre in Los Angeles and Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
His freelance work in Toronto’s dance community has included artists and companies such as Sasha Ivanochko, Nova Bhattacharya, Dancemakers, Peggy Baker Dance Projects and The Citadel + Compagnie.
In addition to his work with the National Ballet, he has taught and mentored stage managers at The Banff Centre and S.M.Arts, is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Festival Co-Director for the biannual dance: made in Canada/fait au Canada.