Jennie Morton - Healthy Performers

ABOUT JENNIE MORTON

BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology

Wellness Professor at The Colburn School, Los Angeles

UCL Honorary Lecturer (MSc Performing Arts Medicine)

 

Jennie’s performing career started early with her television acting debut at the age of five. She began full-time vocational training aged seven at The Arts Educational School (AES), Tring, during which time she toured for five years with The London Festival Ballet’s award-winning production of La Sylphide. After graduating with Honours from AES London, she worked for five years as a classical Ballet dancer before moving into Musical Theatre, performing on tour and in the West End for many years, as well as several film and TV roles. She then spent ten years as lead singer of a UK Big Band performing nationwide. During this time, she also trained as a Sports Massage Therapist and subsequently as an Osteopath with a view to specialising in the treatment of performers. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology. She has over 25 years of experience of training dancers from student to elite professional level, and provides performance coaching for Broadway, theatre, film and TV actors, as well as singers of all genres.

 

Jennie worked at The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) clinic in London for 10 years where she specialised in treating performing artists. She is now based in Los Angeles where she continues to treat performing artists, as well as working as a performance coach in both LA and NYC. She also provides on-site treatment in theatres, and for film and TV locations. Jennie has an in-depth technical knowledge of all genres of dance, instrumental musicianship, and vocal production, giving her a specific insight into the journey that has led to an injury and the route back to health. She uses manual therapy, combined with advice on posture, technique, and ergonomics, delivered with the use of imagery for easy integration into performance. Jennie continues to work internationally with a wide variety of performers, and is a Board Member and for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the Dance Resource Center (DRC).

 

Jennie is dedicated to the provision of education on the subject of performing arts medicine and provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, students and teachers, aimed at promoting healthy practice. She also runs courses for medical professionals on the subject of injury prevention and management for the performing artist, and is in demand as an international speaker in this field. In 2011, she became part of the development team for the new MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London which represents the first formal qualification of its kind in the world. She compiled and runs the musculoskeletal module and holds the title of Honorary Lecturer. She has presented at numerous conferences on the subject of performer health, including the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) Conferences in Aspen, Toronto, Tampa, Cleveland, NYC and LA, the Holistic Healthcare for Performing Artists Conference in Sydney for the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH), The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Conferences in Chicago, Las Vegas, & Orlando, the Voice Foundation conference in Philadelphia, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conference in San Diego, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Conference in London. She sits on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education (ISME), is the Wellness Professor at The Colburn School (LA) and has created a wellness program for the dance department at the California Institute of the Arts.

 

Jennie’s book The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask and the Effect on Health was published in May 2015, and is now required reading for several university arts programs. She also co-authored The Embodied Dancer: A Guide to Optimal Health (available on iTunes and Amazon Kindle), and the new edition of Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger, to be published later this year. Other published articles include a series of articles on drumming technique and injury risk published in Rhythm magazine in 2011, The Virtuoso Foot for a special performing arts medicine edition of Clinical Rheumatology, another on voice and dance technique integration for musical theatre for the US Journal Voice and Speech Review, two articles on musical theatre for Medical Problems of Performing Artists and a dance injuries advice column in The Stage. Further articles have been published in iSing Magazine, The Osteopath, and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She has also recorded podcasts on Performing Arts Medicine for The Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A & M University, and the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

 

Due to her ground-breaking work in the field of voice and dance technique integration for musical theatre performers, Jennie has co-created the One Voice Center for Integrative Studies in New York, alongside pioneering voice specialist Joan Melton PhD, where they run a certificate programme for voice professionals in music and theatre, as well as short workshops. Jennie also regularly co-teaches singing workshops with some leading voice teachers in NYC and LA and is available for private coaching (in person or online) and treatment.

 

Jennie is a member of the following organisations:

  • The Performing Arts Medicine Association
  • The Dance Resource Center
  • The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
  • International Society for Music Education
  • The Voice Foundation
  • Dance UK; Healthier Dancer Program
  • The General Osteopathic Council