Ralph Hall: Ralph’s interest in theatre began with puppetry and ventriloquism in the early 1970s 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. This led him to school with master teachers Carlo Mazzone Clementi, Etienne Decroux, and Jacques Lecoq. In 1981 he joined the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre where he worked as teacher, 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 theatre).
In 1998 Ralph joined the theatre department at the University of Iowa where he served as a movement specialist for eleven years, responsible for all physical training in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. During his tenure at the UI Ralph helped organize the first national conference on mask theatre and founded the Iowa Tent Theatre, touring original physical theatre to rural Iowa communities. For the past three years Ralph has been teaching at Carnegie Mellon University. Classes include Neutral Mask, Commedia dell’Arte (Italian masked comedy), Improvisation, and Shakespeare. He also served as a movement coach on their recent production of The Comedy of Errors.
Ralph is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq (Paris) and holds a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies.