Ms Ali Hodge

Research interests

My research is grounded in my professional work as a director in contemporary theatre.
From 1982-89, I was a founder and Co-Artistic director of the storytelling company Theatre Alibi, recently described by the Guardian as ‘among Britain’s most inventive theatre companies.’
From 1989-1991, I worked as assistant director with the experimental Polish Company, Gardzienice Theatre. A number of subsequent projects led to the co-authorship with the company’s Artistic Director, Wlodzimierz Staniewski of Hidden Territories: The Theatre of Gardzienice (Routledge 2003) a book and CD-Rom.

Since 2005, I have been Artistic Director of The Quick and the Dead, an international ensemble of actors from Peru, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey, with whom I have been developing new techniques of actor training – Core Training. Currently, I lead courses and workshops on Core Training in the UK and internationally. 

Actor Training

Actor training has formed the major part of my theoretical and practical research. An exploration of European and North American systems and their influence on landmark theatre productions resulted in Twentieth Century Actor Training (Routledge 2000) to which I was contributing editor. The second edition, Actor Training (Routledge 2010) includes a companion website, 6 new chapters, revised bibliographies and chapters, a new introduction and 70 photos.
A DVD-Rom documenting the development of Core Training with The Quick and the Dead was published by Arts Archives in 2007.

Documentation of Practice

The documentation of actor training and performance - exploring the use of multi-media and formats which combines text, video stream, voice over, etc, has also formed part of my research work resulting in a number of publications with Peter Hulton of Arts Archives (see DVDs).

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