Tom Morris is Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic and Associate Director of the National Theatre. As Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre from 1995 to 2004 he wrote Ben Hur, Jason and the Argonauts and World Cup Final 1966 with Carl Heap and directed many shows including Newsnight the Opera, Macbeth and Othello Music. He also founded BAC Opera, which launched Jerry Springer: The Opera and the opera company Tête à Tête. War Horse, which he conceived and co-directed with Marianne Elliott, won five Tony awards (including best director) in 2011 and is playing internationally. For Bristol Old Vic, Tom Morris’ work includes Swallows and Amazons, Juliet And Her Romeo, Bristol Proms and his most recent collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also launched Bristol Ferment, Bristol Old Vic’s artist development programme, and created Bristol Jam – a festival of improvisation. Other credits include: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, and Coram Boy at the National Theatre; The Death of Klinghoffer at the ENO and Metropolitan Opera; Nights at the Circus and The Wooden Frock for Kneehigh.