Raelle  Myrick-Hodges

Raelle Myrick-Hodges

Adjunct Professor, Theater

Raelle is the Co-Founder of Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia now in its tenth year. After attending Ealing College of Humanities in London, Raelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. While in San Francisco, she began producing plays independently leading her to pursue production at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Seattle Repertory Theater, and the Arden Theater Company in Philadelphia. Raelle moved to Philadelphia and co-founded Azuka Theatre Collective (now known as Azuka Theater) creating/producing diverse, non-tradtional theatre pieces which encouraged the integration of artists from many artistic disciplines, ethnicities and cultures. Shortly after, Raelle was awarded a two-year grant, the NEA/TCG Career Development Award for Directing.
As an awardee of the two-year grant had the opportunity to work with tony award winners George C. Wolfe and Doug Hughes allowing Ms. Myrick-Hodges to cultivate a new understanding of contemporary theater. During this time, she worked with theater companies such as NYSF/The Public Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, McCarter Theater, and, Azuka Theatre.
As an Independence Foundation Awardee, she created a new work, "An Artist's Workshop." She was (with creator Alden Moore) was nominated for 'Outstanding New Play" for this work. Raelle has also directed the works of Naomi Iizuka (Polaroid Stories) and Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog; In the Blood), Kirsten Greenidge, Lori Woodall, Ryan Templeton, Charlayne Woodard, Rachel Parks, James Baldwin and Steven Berkoff.
Prior to her appointiment as Artistic Director of Brava! for Women in the Arts, Raelle has worked with such artists and designers as Geoffrey Arend, Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Keith David, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, Tony Kushner, Jeanine Tesori, Justin Townsend, Harold Perrineau, Larry Gilliard Jr., Nikkole Salter, Amanda Schoonover, Ephraim Lopez, Regina Garcia, , Glenn Fleshler,Alexandria Wailes, Kevin Kline, Austin Pendelton, Michael Izquierdo, Jenifer Lewis, Waleed F. Zuaiter, Ato Essandoh,Jade Wu, Jack Noseworthy, Brittany Underwood, Dan Moses Schreier, Marina Draghici, Peter Callender, Matt M. Murphy among others.
Aside from participating in the creation of Azuka Theatre, Raelle Myrick-Hodges has also worked at Seattle Repertory Theater, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, McCarter Theater, Arden Theatre Company, Magic Theater, Aurora Theater, AlterTheater, Mark Taper Forum, Playmakers Repertory, MudBone Theatre Collective, Goethe Institute (Cologne, DE), and Questors Theater (Ealing London).

Courses Offered
  • African American Arts and Culture