Michael Greyeyes

MFA (Kent State)

Michael Greyeyes
Associate Professor

Movement for Actors
Director, Graduate Program in Theatre (MFA)

Michael Greyeyes teaches physical performance and devised theatre. A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, he danced professionally with The National Ballet of Canada and as a soloist with the company of choreographer Eliot Feld in New York.

Professor Greyeyes is a choreographer, actor, director, and the founding artistic director of Toronto’s Signal Theatre, a company that engages in practiced-based research to create live performance, exploring dance, opera, music, design and the spoken word.

His productions for Signal include the full-length dance theatre works from thine eyes (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 2011; Prismatic Festival, Halifax, 2012) and A Soldier’s Tale, commissioned by the National Arts Centre (Canada Dance Festival, NAC, Ottawa, 2014; Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 2014). Signal is currently developing two major new works: Bearing, a dance opera that delves into Canada’s Indian residential school legacy, and Gallábárnit, a Sami language opera that is a collaboration with Soundstreams Canada, Musik I Syd (Sweden) and Beaivváŝ, the National Sami Theatre.

Professor Greyeyes’ directorial credits include Pimooteewin, the first Cree language opera, with libretto by Tomson Highway (Soundstreams Canada); Almighty Voice and his Wife, which toured across Canada and to London/UK (Native Earth Performing Arts); The River (Nakai Theatre, Yukon); and the Super 16mm production Seven Seconds for Toronto’s imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival. In an acting career spanning more than two decade, he has worked with a number of notable directors including Terrence Malick, John Sayles, Bruce McDonald and Chris Eyre. His screen credits include Smoke Signals, The New World, Dance Me Outside, Skinwalkers and Passchendaele.