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How Joseph Morrissey ('12) Has Revitalized the Dance Program at Interlochen Center for the Arts


Alumnus Joseph Morrissey (’12) was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine for his superb leadership of the Interlochen Center for the Arts dance division.

“When Joseph Morrissey first took the helm of the dance division at Interlochen Center for the Arts, a boarding high school in Interlochen, Michigan, he found a fully established pre-professional program with space to grow," writes Monica Stephenson. "In just four years, he has not only raised Interlochen's training standards, he's staged ambitious full-length ballets and been granted the rights to works by Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, and Balanchine.”

The article tells the story of Morrissey’s life journey (which includes his experience in the Performing Arts Administration graduate program) and describes how his time at NYU prepared him to be an artistic leader. "Yet Morrissey knew his road to becoming a director wasn't going to come from being a ballet star," noted Stephenson. "After three seasons in Munich, he left to pursue an MA in performing arts administration at New York University—a decision that surprised his colleagues and peers. But Morrissey wanted to understand all facets of the business." Read the full article.