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Ted Brunetti

Producer | Director | Acting Coach | Actor

Ted has a career that spans virtually every medium of performance, from Broadway to TV and film, musical to drama, cartoon voicing to creating roles in new works. He’s also a successful and sought-after director, and an award-winning teacher and coach – and is a prolific creator and producer of content for stage and screen.

Ted originated 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).

Ted was Uta Hagen's protégé for more than 20 years and is honored to be quoted in the forward of her newly released New Edition of RESPECT FOR ACTING. He was personally selected by Hagen to teach at H.B. Studios, and appear with her in solo performances in the first Herbert Berghoff Tribute: Ted in A REPORT TO THE ACADEMY/ Uta in CHARLOTTE.

He’s an Invited Guest Member of the renowned ACTORS’ STUDIO (LA).

Ted is the creator and executive producer of a half-hour comedy pilot for FOX Broadcasting Network, and Warner Brothers Discovery. He also has several other projects currently in development.

Ted serves as Faculty, Guest Faculty, Coach & Director at premiere Directing and Acting Programs and Institutions across the U.S., and an ongoing guest artist for Australia’s renowned Actors Center of Australia (patron: Hugh Jackman).

Directing and Producing Programs


Acting Programs
Ted was personally selected by Uta Hagen to teach at H.B Studio in NYC.

He is the founder of The Ted Brunetti Studio (LA, NYC, and Atlanta).

Other studios include:


Casting, Directing, and Coaching
Ted assisted for over 7 years at ABC Primetime Casting in NYC under Alexa Fogel, Bob Huber, & Marci Phillips.


He directed the Ovation Award Nominated production of THE BOYS NEXT DOOR (LA). He’s directed several highly acclaimed productions for "The Company" at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (LA).


As a coach and assistant, Ted has had the honor of working with:

  • George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon, prepping them for the remake of INHERIT THE WIND – Emmy Award for Best Actor to Jack Lemmon

  • James Gandolfini for his last five feature films, and HBO’s “THE NIGHT OF”

  • Mark Feuerstein (for the leading role in ROYAL PAINS - nine 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 ACCOMPLISHMENTS, many feature films and television series regular and special guest star roles)

  • Tyra Banks (feature film)

  • Mya (guest star Network Television)

  • Bob Koherr

  • Valarie Pettiford – THE FAMILY BUSINESS, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, VACATION FAMILY, THE BAXTERS, BLACK EXCELLENCE, VALOR, BEING MARYJANE, GOLDEN BOY, THE BLACKLIST, BLACK-ISH, TREME, TRUE BLOOD, BORN AGAIN VIRGIN, JUMPING THE BROOM, and many other television shows and feature films as series regular, recurring, and guest starring roles.

  • Alexa Swinton - Ted taped & coached Alexa from initial auditions to screen test, to land lead role in ABC's EMERGENCE, and many other projects for television and feature films.

Ted has coached many other renowned actors, athletes, and musicians. He works with the major networks, studios, casting directors, agents, and managers, preparing and taping clients for auditions, as well as coaching on-set, both on-location and virtually. He has coached many actors for leading roles in current television, film, theatre, and streaming projects.

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, Stephen Sondheim, Flaherty & Ahrens, Pat Birch, Paul Gemignani, Keith Lockhart, and many others. He’s acted in
productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons, and at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, B.A.M., The O’Neil Center, The Ohio Theatre in NYC, Hartford Stage, The Pittsburgh Public, H.B. Playwright’s Theatre, Bucks County, Falmouth, & Pocono Playhouses, Dorsett Theatre Festival, Westbank Theater Center, Riverwest Theater, and more.

Ted was in the original production of FALSETTOS directed by Graciela Danielle, sharing the role of Marvin. He was a cover in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS, originated the role of Pasqual in AVENUE X at Playwright’s Horizons, and played the title role in PIPPIN five times. Ted’s first dramatic feature film role was in Al Pacino’s TWO BITS. His first comedy role was in THE ASSOCIATE with Whoopi Goldberg and Diane Wiest. His first leading role was as Joey Connor in CROSSINGS. He performed in the Oscar- and Golden Globe-Nominated animated feature ANASTASIA and its prequel BARTOK THE MAGNIFICENT.  

Education and Training
Ted holds a BFA from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In addition to Uta Hagen, Ted also studied with: Mike Nichols; Austin Pendleton; Horton Foote; Stiller & Meara; Francis Sternhagen; Elizabeth Wilson; and F. Murray Abraham.

Awards and Honors
Ted is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Achievement in the Arts Award. He was finalist in three Backstage Magazine Readers Choice Awards in 2014 and 2016, 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 was personally selected by Uta Hagen to teach acting at H.B. Studios.

He’s an Invited Guest Member of the renowned ACTORS’ STUDIO (LA)


Ted hails from Pittsburgh, PA – and still has family there. He’s one of 10 children raised by parents who had “show biz” in their blood. He’s the brother of renowned composer, pianist, and vocal coach David Brunetti (author ACTING SONGS), and his eldest sister Tedi Brunetti an accomplished drummer, singer/songwriter.

He currently lives in Los Angeles and Manhattan, working extensively in both cities as well as Atlanta, Ga.

Ted is writing a book, based on his seminar, NEVER AUDITION (“Prepare to WORK, not audition!”). Check back here for info on the book’s release.

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