TED BRUNETTI (Los Angeles/New York/Atlanta): Producer, Director, Acting Coach/Teacher, and Actor. Ted is currently appearing as “Frankie Coffee Cake” on Broadway in 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 Productions and Tommy Mattola ). Ted is Uta Hagen’s protégé (nearly 20 years). Invited Guest Member of the renowned ACTORS’ 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 an award winning coach/teacher.
He is Faculty, Guest Faculty, Coach & Director at the premiere Directing and Acting Programs and Institutions across the U.S. and proud to be an on-going guest artist for Australia’s renowned Actors Center Australia (patron: Hugh Jackman; founder Dean Carey). Directing & Producing Programs include Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (Grad. & Undergrad. Film Directors, Producers, and Writers); USC’s Stark Program (Grad. Producers); USC Summer Program for DISNEY, UNIVERSAL, and WARNER BROTHERS (Producers, Directors & Writers); The American Film Institute (Directors & Producers); Chapman University (Directors & Producers); Occidental College (Directors/Producers); Elon University in L.A. (Dirs, Prods, and Actors), Acting Programs include: The Ted Brunetti Studio (LA and Atlanta,); The Actors’ Center of Australia; Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide; U of CA Santa Barbara (Actors); SAG-AFTRA Conservatories in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Diego; The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (LA); The University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Carnegie-Mellon University; Bennington College; South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts; The Brooks Institute; The Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Actors’ Theatre of Atlanta; The prestigious Lovett High School of Atlanta; The Howard Fine Acting Studio (LA & Melbourne, AU) & U of Texas (Austin) Summer Theatre Conservatory.
Brunetti assisted seven years at ABC Primetime Casting in NYC under Alexa Fogel, Bob Huber, Marci Phillips. Ovation Nominated director of THE BOYS NEXT DOOR (LA). He’s directed for “The Company” at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (LA).
In addition to Uta Hagen, Ted 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; Carnegie-Mellon; The Actor’s Studio (Invited Guest Member). He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Achievement in the Arts Award. Ted was voted finalist in three Backstage Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 and 2014: Best L.A. Acting School/Coaches, Best L.A. Audition Technique Teacher, Best L.A. On-Camera Teachers as well as runner up Favorite Acting Coach & L.A. Favorite Teacher 2008 & 2010.
As an actor, Ted has worked on projects with: Uta Hagen, Jerry Zaks, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Whoopi Goldberg, Dan Petrie, Sr., Donald Petrie, Rob Marshall, Diane Paulus, Mark Brokaw, Nicholas Martin, Graciela Daniele, Pat Birch, Steven Sondheim, Flaherty & Ahrens, Paul Gemignani, (and many others) including productions at Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, B.A.M., The O’Neil Center, The Ohio Theatre in NYC, Hartford Stage, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, H.B. Playwright’s Theatre (appeared with Uta Hagen in the first Herbert Berghoff Tribute), Bucks County, Falmouth, & Pocono Playhouses, Dorsett Theatre Festival, WestbankTheater Center, Riverwest Theater , etc. He was an alternate for the original production of FALSETTOS playing Marvin directed by Graciela Danielle, he was as a cover in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS, originated the role of Pasqual in AVENUE X Off-Broadway at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC, played Pippin in PIPPIN five times, first dramatic feature film role was in Al Pacino’s TWO BITS, first comedy role was in THE ASSOCIATE with Whoopi Goldberg and Diane Wiest. He was a singer for the Oscar and Golden Globe Nominated animated feature ANASTASIA and it’s prequel BARTOK THE MAGNIFICENT.
As a coach and assistant, Ted has had the honor of working with: George C. Scott and Jack Lemon prepping them for remake of INHERIT THE WIND – Emmy Award for Best Actor to Jack Lemon; James Gandolfini for his last four feature films, and prep work for what is now called “THE NIGHT OF” for HBO; Mark Feuerstein (for the leading role in Royal Pains-9 Seasons on USA Network); Drew Carey (shadow directed last two seasons of THE DREW CAREY SHOW under Bob Koherr), Wanda Sykes (WANDA AT LARGE); Mike Epps, Nichole Tom (THE NANNY, MASTERS OF SEX, MINOR ACCOMPLISHEMENTS, many feature films), Tyra Banks, Mya, Bob Koherr, Valarie Pettiford – currently BEING MARYJANE, (THE BLACKLIST, BLACK-ISH, BORN AGAIN VIRGIN, TRUE BLOOD, TREME, JUMPING THE BROOM, many other television shows and feature films); & many other renowned actors, athletes, & musicians. Brunetti works with the major networks, studios, casting directors, agents and managers, preparing clients for auditions and performances on-set/on-location, and coached many actors for leading roles in current television, film, theatre, and “new media” projects.
Ted is writing a book, based on his seminar, “NEVER AUDITION AGAIN (Prepare to WORK, not Audition) release date TBA.