Adjunct Faculty, Movement
Ralph Hall’s interest in theatre began with puppetry and ventriloquism which led him to study with Dick Bruno, a retired vaudeville artist. After performing as a ventriloquist for a number of years in New Orleans, Ralph’s focus shifted toward mime-movement theatre which inspired him to train with Carlo Mazzone Clementi, Etienne Decroux, and Jacques Lecoq.
Upon graduating from Ecole Internationale De Theatre Jacques Lecoq, he joined the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre where he worked as a main instructor, school director, show director and actor for over fifteen years. During that time he also performed with the San Diego Repertory Theatre and toured with the Caravan Stage Company (a horse drawn tent theatre in Canada).
After his tenure at the Dell’Arte School, Ralph joined the theatre department at the University of Iowa where he served as a theatre movement specialist for eleven years. He was responsible for all movement training in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. During that time he helped organize the first national conference on mask theatre and created the Iowa Tent Theatre, touring original physical theatre to rural Iowa communities.
Departing the University of Iowa he attended several yoga teacher trainings in the US, Costa Rica and India.
In 2016 he joined the drama faculty at Carnegie Mellon University as an adjunct professor in theatre movement and teaches in their Pre-College Drama Program.
Ralph holds an MA in drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies.