Director of Dance, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Joseph Morrissey is the Director of Dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts after serving as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany; Charleston Ballet Theatre; and Boston Ballet II. Morrissey holds a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Classical Ballet from The Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. He is a graduate of The Harid Conservatory and has furthered his classical ballet training at summer programs including the Royal Ballet School in London and the Houston Ballet Academy.
Morrissey has twice been invited to choreograph for the Stuttgart Ballet's Noverre Society and was later selected to participate in the New York Choreographic Institute, where he worked with dancers at the School of American Ballet and musicians at The Juilliard School. In 2017 Morrissey was invited to participate in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's ChoreoPlan and his work has been presented with Roberto Bolle and Friends from American Ballet Theatre throughout Italy and Sicily. Morrissey has also choreographed for the Festival Ballet d'Adriatico held in Ascoli Piceno, Italy and the Inside / Out performance series presented by The School of Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow, a program of which he is a two-time alumnus.
From 2012-2013, Morrissey was the Director of CORPS, a pre-professional classical ballet-training program for high school students affiliated with the Portland School of Ballet in Maine. He has been a guest instructor for Ballet Prejlocaj and Spellbound Contemporary Ballet and completed the Vaganova Methodology Seminar held at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2015 Morrissey was selected to participate in the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training sponsored by the American Express Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Morrissey currently sits on the jury for the Riga International Choreographic Competition held annually in Riga, Latvia.