Lorna Geddes was born in Waterloo, Ontario and trained with National Ballet School co-founder Betty Oliphant. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 1959 and performed a wide range of featured roles in the company’s repertoire before being promoted to Principal Character Artist in 2005.
“Lorna Geddes added moments of warmth and humour as Tatiana's faithful nurse in Onegin.”
As a Principal Character Artist, Ms. Geddes has performed a broad array of roles, including the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Onegin, Countess in The Sleeping Beauty, Baba in The Nutcracker, Winter in The Four Seasons and Priestess in The Firebird.
Ms. Geddes was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress with the company in 1984, a position she still holds today. In that role she is able to relay her formidable and singular experience, skill and intuitive command of the art of ballet to new generations of dancers. In addition, she has managed the dancers’ footwear needs since 1998.
Ms. Geddes was awarded the inaugural David Tory Award in 2008.
Born: Waterloo, Ontario
Trained: With company co-founder Betty Oliphant
Principal Character Artist since: 2005
Romeo and Juliet
“Lorna Geddes milked every comic possibility out of the enlarged cameo role of Juliet's roly-poly nurse.”
"Lorna Geddes as Juliet's long-suffering nurse, manages to fill every fluttering movement with an endearing mix of sympathy and affection."
— Toronto Sun
"Lorna Geddes is a handsome and elegant Fairy Godmother with just the right touch of humor and guiding spirit."
— Ballet Review