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Jim Morrow is Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s Artistic Director, a position he has held since 1991. After completing his theatre studies training at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Jim began his professional theatre career in 1978 touring as a performer with Mermaid, throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Japan.
In 1987, Jim attended the Institut International de la Marionnette’s puppetry studies program in Charleville-Mezieres, France, where he learned the art of Muppet construction and manipulation for film and TV, with the late Jim Henson.
As well as serving as Artistic Director of Mermaid Theatre, his other duties include adapting many of the world’s best-known children’s storybooks into full stage productions that tour to major theatres around the world. Some of these stories include Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay; Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, The Very Hungry Caterpillarand Brown Bear, Brown Bearby Eric Carle, Swimmy, Frederickand Inch by Inchby Leo Lionni; Guess How Much I Love Youby Sam McBratney; and When Dinosaurs Dine By Moonlight by Sheree Fitch. He has directed and designed most of the company’s national and international touring productions, and nearly three and a half million spectators have attended his shows. His contributions to Mermaid have played a major role in earning Export Excellence awards from the Nova Scotia Government (2001) and the Government of Canada (2001, 2005) as well as the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, Ambassador Award (2008).
Aside from his Mermaid duties, Jim has volunteered to sit on numerous provincial and national Councils and Boards including the Theatre Advisory Board with The Canada Council For the Arts, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council and the QE II, Centre for Health Care of the Elderly, Artist in Residence Program in Halifax, NS. He has served as Director of Puppetry for Symphony Nova Scotia’s production of The Nutcracker, since its inception, and regularly teaches the art of puppetry in workshops throughout Canada, the United States and Asia.
His contributions to the community, both as artist and mentor, have earned him numerous awards and accolades including the Nova Scotia government’s highest award for artistic achievement, the Portia White Award, in 2004; a Doctor of Humanities from his Alma Mater, Acadia University in 2007; and in 2012 Jim was the recipient of the Mickey Miner Award, presented annually by the US-based International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) to distinguished artists who have made exemplary contributions to the lives of the children around the world.
Jim is a two-time winner of the annual Conqueral Bank Marble Mania Marble Tournament and two-time champion of the Port Williams Invitational Crokonole Tournament.
Jim was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, is an avid curler and rabid Toronto Maple Leaf fan. He is a father of four (Kaitlin, Jacob, Cael and Hannah) and lives in Avonport, Nova Scotia.
Sara Lee Lewis co-founded the Theatre in 1972 with Tom Miller and the late Evelyn Garbary. She served as Managing Director until July 2015 when she took on the role of Public Affairs Consultant.
Steven Naylor is Mermaid Theatre’s Artistic Advisor for Music and Sound Design. Steven has created the music for more than a dozen Mermaid shows, including all of our current touring productions. His many other professional activities include contemporary electroacoustic and instrumental concert music; university teaching; and original film and television scores. Steven has been associated with Mermaid Theatre since 1982.
Deborah MacLean, Production Manager, started working part-time in Production in 1994 and joined the team full time in 2001.
Michael Jamieson plays an important role as Technical Director both for Mermaid’s touring productions as well as MIPAC.
Sarah Harvey Hart, Production Associate, has been involved with Mermaid since 1996.
Jess Weir is the Box Office Manager at MIPAC.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Board of Directors, 2017-18
Chair: Ed Macdonald
Vice Chair: Jon Oulton
Treasurer: Gary Johnson
Secretary: Alex Jurgens