Jennie Morton - Healthy Performers

ABOUT JENNIE MORTON

BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology

Adjunct Professor, Chapman University – College of Performing Arts

UCL Honorary Lecturer (MSc Performing Arts Medicine)

 

Jennie’s performing career started early with her television debut at the age of five in a film for German TV, closely followed by a role in the BBC series Angels. She began full-time vocational training aged seven at The Arts Educational School, 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 trained as a Sports Massage Therapist and subsequently as an Osteopath with a view to specialising in the treatment of performers. She also has 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 all 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 Membership Chair for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA).

 

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 the Musicians Health 2012 conference in Galway for Performing Arts Medicine, Ireland (PAMI), the Holistic Healthcare for Performing Artists Conference in Sydney for the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH), the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) Conferences in Aspen CO, Toronto, Canada, Tampa FL, and Cleveland OH, the Voice Foundation conference in Philadelphia and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) conference in London. She is a member of the Education and Training Advisory Group for BAPAM in the UK, Chair of the Membership Committee for PAMA in the US, and sits on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education (ISME). She is also adjunct faculty in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University, Orange Co. CA.

 

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 is the co-author of a series of articles on drumming technique and injury risk published in Rhythm magazine in 2011.  Other published articles include 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, and The Osteopath. 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 British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
  • International Society for Music Education
  • The Music Teachers National Association
  • The Voice Foundation
  • Dance UK; Healthier Dancer Program
  • The General Osteopathic Council