Photo: Charlie Erickson

Photo: Charlie Erickson

About Leora.

Leora Morris is a director from Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the MFA Directing program at Yale School of Drama.She is currently living in Atlanta, Georgia, serving as the Yale Directing Fellow for the 2016-2017 season at the Alliance Theatre.

Leora's Yale productions included Thomas Middleton and Howard Barker's Women Beware Women, Shakespeare’s The Troublesome Reign of King John, Riverbank: A Noh Play for Northerly Americans by Brendan Pelsue, and Amy and the Orphans by Lindsey Ferrentino. At the Yale Summer Cabaret, she created and directed an original, devised work, love holds a lamp in this little room, inspired by the life of Adah Isaacs Menken. At Yale Cabaret, where she served as co-artistic director for the 48th season, Leora directed He Left Quietly by Yaël Farber, based on the life experiences of Duma Kumalo, as well as Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

As Artistic Director of her own Toronto-based company, Theatre Hetaerae, Leora directed He Left Quietly (2014 SummerWorks Best Production); Horse (2011 Toronto Fringe Best Direction, Production, Ensemble); Engaged at the Rhubarb Festival; The Mistress Project at Theatre Passe Muraille; and Grannie Didn’t Go to Florida at the Cooking Fire Festival.  Leora has worked as a dramaturg and director for new works of theatre and dance across Canada, serving as Associate Dramaturg for the 2013 Banff Playwrights’ Colony; and as Apprentice in New Play Development at Tarragon Theatre.  As an Associate Artist with Small Wooden Shoe, Leora co-curated and directed the Reading Difficult Plays and Singing Simple Songs series and associate directed productions of Brecht’s Galileo and Evan Webber’s Antigone Dead People, which recently toured to Japan.  In 2012 she was honored with Toronto’s Ken MacDougall Award for Emerging Directors.