Amy Diane Morrow
Founder of The Theorists, Amy Diane Morrow, is a teacher, dance-maker, consultant, and Artistic Director of AM Arts. Morrow served on staff for The American Dance Festival 2009/11. She was a Communications Specialist for The Barnabas Agency 2011-14, consulting clients such as Malcolm Gladwell, and NYC Leadership Center. As Manager for Idan Sharabi Dance, she coordinated tours across five continents from 2014-2017. AM Arts co-hosted screenings for the award-winning documentary, Mr. Gaga across The US and México including The North American Premiere at SXSW. Currently, AM Arts produces Country Music Hall of Fame, Bob Livingston, edits short films for Lionic LLC, and consults independent artists.
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Morrow is a veteran teacher of the revolutionary movement language, Gaga. Trained and Certified by Ohad Naharin, Morrow travels internationally offering Gaga & Toolbox workshops. She taught Ballet, Improvisation, and Gaga at the University of Texas and consulted DISD employees on improvisational tools and a survey of Indian Dance. Teaching invitations include Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance, Arts Umbrella, Addo Platform, American College Dance Festival Association, American Dance Festival, The Seldoms, Foramen Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza, ConArte Festival, Escuela Nacional de Danza, The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, New Dialect, Alabama Dance Festival, National Dance Institute, and Universities including Chapman, Vassar, SMU, TCU, TWU, UC Fullerton, UMCP, UH, UNM, UC Boulder & Emory among others.
Since 2013, Morrow produced 70+ professional TBX [ toolbox ] residencies with internationally lauded artists. Presenting partners include The University of Texas, Texas Performing Arts Center, and Proyecto Intrigosa in México. Movement research includes sessions in Gaga, CounterTechnique®, Repertoire with Black Grace (New Zealand), Multi-media Labs with Jason Akira Somma, & Performance Development with Deborah Hay.
In 2015, Morrow became the Artistic Director of The Theorists, a nexus for multi-disciplinary international artists to train, collaborate, perform and ask “What if?” Collaborators come from diverse backgrounds from physics to psychology, geology, and technology, ages 14-94 with movers of mixed abilities. They hail from México, Guatemala, Brazil, Columbia, Richmond, Korea, NYC, India, The Middle East, and deep in the heart of Texas. Their collaborations have been shared extensively across the Southwest, México, and from New York to Delhi. They performed in interactive installations for Meow Wolf’s Austin debut during SXSW 2018 and co-hosted interactive performances for Live Action Set and The Deep Dive at the Historic Wooldridge Square. The annual Theorist Fest premieres 50+ award-winning and emerging music and dance artists from five counries. 2018 featured Ido Tadmor (Israeli Ballet), Ballet Hartford, tap dancer Matthew Shields, Bharatanatyam Austin Dance Hall of Fame Anu Naimpally, and Bob Livingston. Morrow attended International Exposure 2018 in TLV as a curator for The Theorists’ 2019/20 Season.
In 2018, Morrow successfully launched Theorist Practicum, an artistic exchange program for artistic ambassadors from Texas, México, Canada, and Israel to train, collaborate, perform, and tour cross-boarders. The 2018/19 Season features 12 workshops, 15 master classes, 9 performances, and 4 festivals in Austin, Tel Aviv, CDMX, Cuernavaca, Monterrey, Chihuahua, Vera Cruz, Puebla, Hermosillo, Dallas, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Seattle, Brownsville and Vancouver, Canada. Two of the four coveted recipients of the Creadores Escenicos Grant in México selected Theorist Practicum for their year-round professional development and will present their culminating solos at Theorist Fest 2019.
Commissions for The Theorists include The Downtown Austin Alliance, Detroit Dance City Festival Gala, AROVA Ballet, Wanderlust Dance Project, Ballet Dallas, and Avant Chamber Ballet in collaboration with the Dallas Symphony. Nancy Wozny selected “The Lady of” portrait as one of Arts & Culture’s standouts for the 2015 season, “a sassy mix of precision & abandon, something we rarely see on contemporary dance stages.” Favorable Press is covered by Dallas Morning News, FW Star Telegram, Theater Jones, Texas Arts & Culture, The Austin American Statesman, KUT, and The Chronicle among others.
Morrow was awarded the 2017 Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Dancer as well as the Dance Council of North Texas Artful Dance, Austin Emerging Arts Leadership Award, Community Initiatives, CORE, & Capacity Building funding from the Austin Cultural Arts Division to produce programing for collaborators of diverse backgrounds, abilities, & ages. Graduating with a B.F.A. Dance Honors, Morrow’s senior thesis contextualized multi-disciplinary collaborations cross-culturally under the mentorship of Jesse Zaritt. Morrow received the Nikolais/Louis Legacy Workshop work/study under Joan Woodbury, Murray Louis & Phyllis Lamhut.