Noel Hodda | Biography

Noel is a NIDA graduate. He has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio for over thirty years as an actor, writer and teacher. Theatre appearances include plays with The Sydney Theatre Company, The Queensland Theatre Company, The State Theatre Co. of S.A., Griffin, Marian Street, Merrigong, Q and Railway Street Theatre Companies, Apocalypse Theatre, The Ensemble Theatre and others as well as national and international tours. Most recently he was seen in The Dapto Chaser by Mary Rachel Brown for Apocalypse/Griffin Independent.

Multiple television and film appearances include Rake, Janet King, The Bet, Us Together, Small Boxes, Out Of The Blue (BBC); All Saints, Farscape, Blue Heelers, Murder Call, Water Rats, Big Sky, E Street, Backberner, Heartbreak High, McFeast, Bodyline, 1915, Cyclone Tracey and others too numerous to mention.

Noel has also recorded scores of Talking Books both commercially and for Vision Australia and has been short listed for several Talking Book Awards. He won the prestigious TDK/National Library Talking Book Award for his narration of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain. Other notable recordings include The Hobbit, the unabridged and complete The Lord of the Rings and The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney trilogy.

Produced plays include The Secret House (Griffin, Playbox & Hole In The Wall Theatre Companies; National Theatre Drama School), Half Safe (Riverina Theatre Company; Griffin Theatre Company), Photographs (Charles Sturt University School of Performing Arts), Across The Water (Valley Artists, Hunter Valley) and On The Public Record (University of Wollongong School of Performing Arts). With his play Later (now known as Across the Water) he was invited to the Banff playRites Colony in Canada where the play received universal praise from the selection committee. For television: episodes of the acclaimed ABC-TV medical drama GP. He has also been a script assessor for The Australia Council; Griffin Theatre Company; Belvoir Street Theatre and The Australian National Playwright’s Centre and has conducted writing and acting workshops for many organisations. He was Dramaturge and Associate Director for Don Reid’s Codgers workshop season at Riverside Parramatta and, with Wayne Harrison, was Dramaturge for the first production of the same play, which has since enjoyed two successful national tours. He has directed for the Griffin Theatre Company, Charles Sturt University and in the Corporate field.

Noel has taught acting, voice and improvisation at Charles Sturt University School of Performing Arts and has been writer in residence both there and at The University of Wollongong School of Performing Arts.

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