Toronto Faculty - Jennie Morton

Jennie Morton, MS, BSc (Hons) Osteopathy

Originally from the UK, Jennie is a Registered Osteopath specializing in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. After a career as a classical Ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, and lead singer of a Big Band, she spent 10 years working at the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine in London (UK) before relocating to New York City, and then Los Angeles. She is a specialist in treating instrumental musicians, vocalists, and dancers, focusing on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and return to performance. Jennie is the Wellness Professor at the Colburn School where she teaches a Musicians Wellness Course, as well as working with individual students on injury management and healthy playing techniques. She is also adjunct faculty at Chapman University, teaching in the Dance Department and running a pilot health screening project for both the dance and music students. She provides specialist treatment for performers from an office in West Hollywood. Jennie is on the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and is in demand as a lecturer on the subject of performers’ health worldwide.

Jennie is dedicated to the provision of education on the subject of healthy practice in the performing arts, and provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, teachers, and medical professionals on the subject of injury prevention and management. She is an Honorary Lecturer for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London, for which she compiled the Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Injury syllabus, and is on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Guest speaking and lecturing engagements include The Musicians Health Conference 2012 in Galway (Ireland), The Tech Music School in London, the Australian Society for Performing Arts Health Conference 2012 in Sydney, the PAMA Regional Meetings 2013 - 15 in Toronto, The Hypermobility Symposium 2013 at the University of Hertfordshire, the PAMA Annual Symposia 2013 - 15 in Aspen, Colorado & NYC 2016, Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists 2015/ 2016 at Chapman University, & The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She is also co-founder of the One Voice Center for Integrative Studies in New York.

Published articles include a series of articles on drumming technique and injury risk for Rhythm magazine,  “Voice and Dance Technique Integration for Musical Theatre - Triple Threat or Double Trouble?” for the VASTA Voice and Speech Review Journal, “Osteopathy In The Arts” for The Osteopath journal, “The Hazards of the Musical Theatre Workplace” and “The Integration of Voice and Dance Techniques in Musical Theatre” for Medical Problems of Performing Artists, “Osteopathy For Singers” for iSing Magazine, as well as several others on injury management for musicians and dancers. Jennie is the founder of www.healthyperformers.com, and her book The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health was published in May 2015.

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