Faith Morrison, Artistic Director of Dance at Willamette University, is a dance artist, performer, choreographer, and educator. Faith has been a teaching artist for institutions and organizations around the country. She served most recently as an Adjunct Professor of Dance teaching Contemporary Modern Technique classes at the University of Montana. She has been a Guest Artist and Instructor at Oberlin College and Conservatory, the University of Idaho, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Montana. She has served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon (2012-2015) where she taught classes in Modern Technique, Ballet Technique, Jazz Technique, and Contact Improvisation. Faith has also taught in Portland, OR at Polaris Dance Theatre, NW Dance Project, Oregon Ballet Theatre Educational Outreach Program, and for Portland Parks and Recreation Arts & Culture Program. In 2016, Faith received her Yoga Alliance 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher certification from Yandara Yoga in Baja, Mexico.
Faith’s work has been presented in the Pacific Northwest by Polaris Dance Theatre, UO Repertory Dance Company, and Bare Bait Dance Company. Her choreography has been performed at the University of Montana, the University or Oregon, and the University of Idaho, and was recognized at the American College Dance Association Conferences in 2018 and 2019. As a performer, Faith has performed with Headwaters Dance Company, Bare Bait Dance Company, Katie Scherman + Artists, and Polaris Dance Theatre Company. Growing up in Montana, she toured as a company member with Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Company through Italy, Austria, Germany, and China.
As a scholar and screendance artist, Faith’s current research combines elements of site-specific dance and screendance to investigate the creation and conveyance of a kinesthetic experience of place. Engaging in a collaborative creative process, Faith seeks to utilize dance and film as mediums to explore a physical, emotional, and sensual experience of place. Her screendance Ensō, created in collaboration with videographer Robert Uehlin, received the 2015 Grand Jury Award at the 40 North Dance Film Festival. Ensō was presented throughout 2015 at the ADF International Screendance Festival, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, 40 North Dance Film Festival, Northwest Screendance Exposition, VIBE film festival, Kinetoscope, Bodyvox Contact Dance Film Festival, and L.A. Live.
- Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, University of Oregon
- Bachelor of Arts in Dance, University of Montana