Michael J. Morris is an artist, astrologer, tarot reader, writer, educator, and facilitator. They hold a PhD in Dance Studies from The Ohio State University, and they were a Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University from 2015-2021 where they taught in Dance, Women’s and Gender Studies, Queer Studies, and Environmental Studies. They were also visiting faculty at SNDO—the School for New Dance Development—at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam in 2020 and 2021, teaching the gender theory workshop for choreographers. Michael’s choreographic and performance work has been presented at universities, galleries, community spaces, theaters, bars and nightclubs, films, and domestic spaces. Their writing appears in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, TDR: The Drama Review, Choreographic Practices, Dance Chronicle, and the European Journal of Ecopsychology. They have been an adjudicator for the American College Dance Association in the Mid-Atlantic South Region (2018), the Northeast Region (2019), and the Baja Region (2020). In 2019, Michael founded Co Witchcraft Offerings through which they offer astrology and tarot readings, movement-based rituals, and workshops to support people in cultivating more meaningful living while pursuing personal and collective healing and liberation. Along with their consultation practice, they are currently a contributing artist with Livable Futures, a contributing writer for the CHANI App, and a teaching assistant with astrologer Kelly Surtees. Michael is based in Columbus, Ohio—the ancestral and contemporary territories of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe, and Cherokee peoples.
Photo credit: Megan Leigh Barnard