Richard Morris, Jr.
RICHARD MORRIS, JR. (Lighting/Scenic Designer and TechnicalDirector) Most recently directed Dreamgirls, Holes and A Christmas Carol: The Musical here at Weathervane
Playhouse. Some of his other directorial credits include Leap of Faith, Black Nativity, Christmas is Commin Uptown, The Government Inspector, Raisin, Dracula, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Purlie Victorious, The Jungle Book, Seussical, Willie Wonka, Birds of a Feather, 101 Dalmatians, Into the Woods, The Aristocats Jr, Goldilocks on Trial, Beauty and the Beast, Xanadu,
The Trials and Tribulations of Stagerlee Booker T Brown, and The Submarine Steetcar. For 10 years, he was Production Director for the Karamu Arts Summer Camp, where he introduced many teens and young adults to the art of theatrical performance. For 19 years he also served as Technical Director/Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for Karamu Performing Arts Theatre.
He has designed over 149 Productions. In 2011 he was the recipient of the National Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scenic Design (National Black Theatre Festival) and was keynote speaker at Alabama State University on “African Americans in Scenic Design.” Mr. Morris has also received the 2001 Actors Guild Award for his Scenic/Lighting design for Riff Raff and Treemonisha. In 2008 he also won Scene Magazine’s “Best Scenic Design” for Caroline, or Change. He has designed for many theaters in the Northeast Ohio area, such as Ensemble Theatre, Dobama, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cuyahoga Community College, Oberlin College Theatre, Firestone Theatre and Jubar Productions, just to name a few. He is a graduate of Kent State University. In December 2016, he joinedWeathervane’s professional staff as Technical Director/ Resident Scenic Designer. Richard is currently working on a new musical production, Two Boys from Glenville, the story of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman.