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Our body as instrument is what we have to be present with. Each day, each moment, it can teach us something new if we listen.
Alli Ross joined the Conservatory in 2012 and is an assistant professor of theater, teaching foundations in acting. Her instruction focuses on preparing the body in movement for the stage through such classes as Movement for Actors, Dance Theater, and Theater and Community Engagement.
Ross's teaching is largely informed by her professional work as a performing and teaching artist, such as in Liz Lerman's Healing Wars (Arena Stage, 2013, and tour, 2013-2015), which was a three-year investigation with the company and veterans of our most recent wars. Other transformative work includes Lady Macduff in Sleep No More (original U.S. cast, American Repertory Theater, 2009; Emursive, New York City, 2011).
Locally, Ross has recently launched Excavate, a collective dedicated to researching, making, and performing site work looking at the interconnection of topography and history of land as it meets somatic landscape. This work brings her to both local and natural habitats and, at times, no farther than the urban concrete of her driveway.
Ross is a trained contemporary dancer, vocalist, actress, massage therapist, and movement educator. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and dance, as well as an M.Ed. from Harvard graduate school in arts in education.