Ted first met Uta Hagen upon arriving in NYC after graduating from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a season of summer stock. This was the start of a nearly 20 year professional and personal connection and one of the most profound influences in Ted’s life. Ms. Hagen cast Ted in Herbert Berghof’s most beloved material, Kafka’s one-man piece A Report to the Academy, in the first Tribute to Herbert Berghof, where Ms. Hagen also performed a one-woman selection from Charlotte. This remains the most rewarding experience in Ted’s career.
In addition to sitting side by side in class and in Montauk as she revised Respect for Acting, which became A Challenge for the Actor, Uta Hagen invited Ted to join the faculty of HB Studio. Ms Hagen also asked Ted to demonstrate Exercise 9 in her teaching video documentary Uta Hagen's Acting Class.
Ted created the role of “Frankie Coffee Cake” in the Broadway Production of A Bronx Tale (co-directed by Robert De Niro, and Jerry Zaks, book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken, choreography by Sergio Trujillo, produced by Tribeca Productions, Dodger Theatricals & Tommy Mattola). In addition to being Uta Hagen's protégé (nearly 20 yrs), he is an invited Guest Member of the renowned Actor's Studio (LA). Ted is creator and executive producer of a half hour comedy pilot for FOX Broadcasting Network and has several other projects currently in development, and is an award winning coach/teacher.
Ted serves as Faculty, Guest Faculty, Coach & Director at the premiere Directing and Acting Programs and Institutions across the U.S. (including adjunct professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts teaching graduate and undergraduate film and television directors, producers, and writers) and an on-going guest artist for The Actors Center of Australia in Sydney: patron Hugh Jackman.
In addition to Uta Hagen, Ted has also studied with: Mike Nichols; Austin Pendleton; Horton Foote; Stiller & Meara; Francis Sternhagen; Elizabeth Wilson; F. Murray Abraham. Ted holds a BFA from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts; and is an Invited Member of The Actor’s Studio.
Ted is recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Achievement in the Arts Award. He was finalist in three Backstage Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2016 & 2014 including: Best L.A. Acting School/Coaches, Best L.A. Audition Technique Teacher, Best L.A. On-Camera Teachers as well as runner up Favorite L.A. Acting Coach & L.A. Favorite Teacher 2008 & 2010.
Ted teaches a seminar, “Never Audition Again” (Prepare to WORK, not Audition) and is working on a companion book.
He is Co-Curator of utahagen.com
Born in Germany, Uta Hagen moved to Madison, Wisconsin, at the age of six. With the exception of several interruptions for study in Europe, Ms. Hagen received most of her schooling in Madison, her home until age sixteen. After training briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, she made her professional debut in 1937 in Dennis, Massachusetts, as “Ophelia” in Eva Le Gallienne’s production of Hamlet.Learn more