Born in Toronto, Jeff Morris studied technical theatre production and administration at Ryerson’s Theatre School. After leaving Ryerson, he became Production Stage Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre (1990-1995). He toured extensively with Toronto Dance Theatre, stage managing the company’s debuts in Beijing, Berlin, Tokyo, Warsaw, 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), and for the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists.
He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1995 and has since 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, An Italian Straw Hat, and … black night’s bright day …, Jean-Pierre Perreault’s The Comforts of Solitude, Crystal Pite’s Emergence, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet. Company premieres include John Neumeier’s Nijinsky and Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. www.national.ballet.ca
In addition to his work with The National Ballet, Morris has been stage manager for artists and companies such as Dancemakers, Peggy Baker, and Citadel & Compagnie (Jacob’s Pillow, Dancing on the Edge, James Kudelka’s alloneword). He has taught and mentored stage managers at The Banff Centre, been a guest lecturer at York University and Ryerson University’s Theatre School, and is Associate Director of dance:made in Candada/fait au Canada (princess productions).