Faculty of Education and Arts

Ross Hall

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Performing arts
Location: Camp Street Campus, Old Law Court Building, Room C105
Phone: 5327 8637
Email: ross.hall@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Admitted Legal Practitioner - Supreme Court of NSW - 1998

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – College of Law, Sydney - 1997

LLB (Hons) - Sydney University - 1996

Diploma of Acting – National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) - 1990

Diploma of Education - Sydney University - 1980

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Sydney University - 1979

Teaching

Programs

Bachelor of Arts (Acting)

Courses

  • Theatre Arts 3 4 (PAATA 2003)
  • Theatre Arts 4 (PAATA 2004)
  • Music Theatre Acting 1(MTACT 1001)
  • Music Theatre Acting 2 (MTACT 1122)
  • Music Theatre Acting 3 (MTACT 2123)
  • Music Theatre Acting 4 (MTACT 2124)

Biography

After originally majoring in English Literature as part of a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Sydney University, Ross then trained as an actor at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), working as a professional actor for a period of fifteen years. During that time he worked across most mediums in the performing arts industry. He was a member of the inaugural Bell Shakespeare Company in 1991, helping to establish the company's education arm, as well as being a core company performer. Whilst working as a professional actor Ross began teaching performance skills at a variety of institutions, eventually making this his primary point of focus, something he has continued to explore in various forms for a number of decades. His broader interest in communication also saw him train and work as a lawyer and then as producer and presenter of ABC local radio programs, an experience that left him with a strong and abiding love of that institution and its role in the broader fabric of Australian life. In 2004, Ross joined the Performing Arts team at what is now Federation University Australia's Arts Academy. Teaching acting and directing in-house student productions has provided him with powerful insight into pedagogically driven performance. Most recently, he has also completed his doctorate on theatrical adaptation. But perhaps most importantly, his work here at the university has enabled the fullest manifestation of his greater project: helping young artists to achieve their potential as confident, articulate, expressive and authentic communicators.

Areas of expertise

Ross is one of the team members in the acting and music theatre programs at the Academy instructing students in various dimensions of performance. His area of expertise is Acting and the various dimensions of performance involved in transforming basic acting skills into text-based projects. Whilst he does teach into preliminary courses preparing students for the basics of performance, the bulk of his work occurs later - in the second year of study - where the work develops reliable and powerful acting techniques applied to text-based material. In this sense, he specifically prepares actors for the real-world situation of working on plays and other scripted material. He is also one of the in-house theatre directors at the Academy.

Research interests

  • Theatrical adaptations
  • Narrative-driven Black Box Theatre
  • Pedagogically based rehearsals
  • Performative studio learning

Awards

  • 2002 - Queensland Arts Council New Writer's Award
  • 2008 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence (Performing Arts Teaching Group)
  • 2012 - Vice-Chancellor's Award: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2015 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (Acting Program Team)