UWE Bristol awards Honorary Degree to Tom Morris

Issue date: 18 July 2013

Tom Morris

UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts to Tom Morris in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts, arts heritage and creative design.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education on Tuesday 23 July at Bristol Cathedral.

Tom Morris is a theatre director, writer and producer and was appointed Artistic Director of Bristol Old Victheatre in 2009. He was educated at Stonyhurst College, and read English Literature at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge from 1983-6.

Tom was Artistic Director at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) from 1995 to 2004 where he revolutionised the programme, oversaw a radical management restructure and led the organisation from the verge of bankruptcy to financial stability. During his time at BAC, Tom wrote Ben Hur, Jason and the Argonauts and World Cup Final 1966 with Carl Heap and directed many shows including Newsnight the Opera, Macbeth (with Corin Redgrave), and Othello Music. He also founded BAC Opera, the festival which launched The Shout's Tall Stories, Jerry Springer: The Opera and the hugely successful contemporary opera company Tête à Tête.

The hugely successful play War Horse, which he conceived and co-directed with Marianne Elliot, won five Tony awards, including best director, in 2011. It is playing in London, New York, San Francisco and Toronto, and will shortly open in Melbourne and Berlin.

For Bristol Old Vic, Tom's work includes Swallows and Amazons, with music by Neil Hannon; Juliet and Her Romeo; Does My Society Look Big in This? and his latest collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

He has launched Bristol Ferment which is Bristol Old Vic's artist development programme. He has also created Bristol Jam, a festival of improvisation, and Bristol Proms, an informal and interactive classical music festival, with digital partners Watershed and Universal Music Arts and Entertainment, which launches this July.

Photo of Tom Morris available upon request from the PressOffice@uwe.ac.uk#

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