Mr. John Morris

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Instructor/Technical Director

Office 702-799-7800 x4805

Rm NA106, Lowden Theater for the Performing Arts

morrijr@nv.ccsd.net

Introduction to Theatre, Theatre Technology II and III, Designer, Director, Int’l Exchange, Web Guru, Thespian Troupe Director

 

“I am in my 27th year of teaching in the Clark County School District, and a founding member of LVA. In that time I have taught acting, directing, mime and improvisation, playwriting, design and theatre technologies, film studies and arts and humanities.  I got my degree in Theatre Production from Weber State University, and my teaching credentials from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  I have worked as an actor, stage manager, set designer, lighting designer, theatre manager and technical director.  I am a member of the Educational Theatre Association and the United States Institute of Theatre Technologies.  I served as department chair/facilitator for the Las Vegas Academy Theatre Department for seven years, during which time we toured three productions to the Thespian Conference and built our season subscription base.  I have directed, designed and/or technically directed eight International Thespian Festival Main Stage shows, including designing and technically directing the Thespian National Cast production of Ragtime.  Academy Theatre’s productions of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Of Mice and Men, which I directed, were presented at International Thespian Festivals 2012 and 2014, respectively.  I have also worked with EDTA on Thespian Playworks as a director and technical liaison, and designed lights and provided technical assistance to the Nevada Thespian/CCSD Honor Production of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which toured to the International Thespian Festival in 2017.

For 14 years I was artistic director for New Vision Theatre, a theatre company I co-founded with my wife, Holly, which features teens performing original material to illustrate health and life issues for their peers.   I was very proud to be QVegas Magazine’s Person of the Month in August 2004 for my direction of, and involvement in, our 2004 production of The Laramie Project. I have directed for Insurgo Theater Movement, and Off-Strip Productions at The Onyx Theater.

My wife, Holly, and I have two children. Anna works as an administrator in the Admissions Office at University of Texas, Austin, and Daniel is an undergraduate at my alma mater, Weber State University, and is a member of IATSE Local 99 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

My daughter, Anna - an LVA alumnus - and I in a Medieval courtyard in San Gimignano, 2006

My daughter, Anna – an LVA alumnus – and I in a Medieval courtyard in San Gimignano, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the most recent ensemble from April 2014 at the Piazza del Campo in Siena

This is the ensemble from April 2014 at the Piazza del Campo in Siena

 

My son, Daniel (Cubby) also an LVA alumnus - with me on the top of the Duomo in Florence, 2012

My son, Daniel (Cubby) also an LVA alumnus – with me on the top of the Duomo in Florence, 2012

I have had the distinct honor and pleasure to take groups of students to Poggibonsi, Italy (that’s in Siena, in the heart of the Tuscany region) to the Roncalli Theatre Festival in April 2006, April 2008,  April 2010,  April 2012, April 2014 and March/April 2016, where we toured Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Venice, Rome, Verona, the Ruins of Cassero, Volterra, Parma, Monteriggiano, Maranello, Siena and other fabulous locations in Italy.

The Americans and The Brits on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, April 200

The Americans and The Brits on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, April 2008

In 2006 we took our original production of You Want Freedom Fries with That? which we also performed  as a part of the Short Play Project.  In 2008 we toured a cutting of the acclaimed play, Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum, and in 2010 we toured a version of our 2009 LVAT production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani.  In 2012 we toured a collection of vignettes from the New Vision Theatre repertoire. In 2014 we toured a cutting of the play, Ten Reasons Not to Be In a Play.  2016 brought us back to …Kindergarten.

In 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 we hosted students from two schools in Poggibonsi: Roncalli High School and da Vinci Middle School.  Hopefully they will once again visit us here in Las Vegas in Spring 2018.

 

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One of the best experiences I have had as a teacher was working with playwright William Mastrosimone in 2009 on a new version of a play he wrote (and I produced) ten years ago called BANG BANG YOU’RE DEAD.

Information about the new version is available from Icarus Plays.

 

My goals as a teacher are:

  • to value every student
  • to really prepare students for higher education and real world experiences
  • to be an educational innovator
  • to present and reveal the educational environment as a mirror of society, and not a shelter from it
  • to help young people learn to love to learn
  • to celebrate pluralism and dwell in diversity.

The best way to reach me is to email me at morrijr@nv.ccsd.net. I promise to get right back to you in whatever manner you request. The best time to reach me in my office (702-799-7800 x4805) is between 830am and 11am, or between 2 and 3 pm. I have an open door policy; if you would like to visit with me or tour the facilities, contact me and I will make time for you.”

Course Expectations

Introduction to Theatre Production (Theatre Technology I)

Theatre Technology II

Theatre Technology III

 

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