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TED BRUNETTI

Award-Winning | Actor, Director, Coach, Teacher & Producer

About

Ted Brunetti

Ted Brunetti is an accomplished and versatile figure in the entertainment industry. As a producer, director, acting coach, and actor, Ted’s expertise spans across various mediums and locations, including Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. Currently, he graces the Broadway stage as “Frankie Coffeecake” in A BRONX TALE, co-directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, with a book by Chazz Palminteri and music by Alan Menken.

With nearly 20 years of association with Uta Hagen, Ted is recognized as her protégé and an invited guest member of the renowned ACTORS’ STUDIO in Los Angeles. He is also the creator and executive producer of a half-hour comedy pilot for FOX Broadcasting Network, with several ongoing projects in development.

Ted’s impact as a coach and teacher extends to esteemed institutions and programs, including the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, the American Film Institute, and the Actors’ Center Australia, where he is an ongoing guest artist. His directorial work includes Ovation Award-nominated productions and collaborations with notable actors such as George C. Scott, Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, and Valarie Pettiford.

As an actor, Ted has worked alongside luminaries such as Uta Hagen, Jerry Zaks, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Whoopi Goldberg, showcasing his talent in diverse projects on stage and screen.

Ted’s vast experience and dedication to the craft have garnered him recognition, including a National Endowment for the Arts’ Achievement in the Arts Award. He has also been a finalist and runner-up in multiple Backstage Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.

With a forthcoming book based on his seminar, Ted continues to inspire and guide actors, emphasizing the importance of preparation and work in the audition process.

Never Audition ​

Learn to NOT separate "auditioning" from "working". Never Audition will present you with practical, immediately accessible, simple, clear, and invaluable information.
2 June 2024, 3pm-5pm

Panel: Leaders in the Entertainment Industry

Join Ted Brunetti in discussion with top working Australian professionals in the film, television and theatre industries.
3 June 2024, 10am-5pm

Self-Tape Festival

Experience the Casting Process as BOTH Actor AND Casting Director in this unique and immersive 1-day event.
12 June 2024, 10am-5pm

2-Day Masterclass on Acting

Be guided step-by-step on what to do from the first moment you receive the appointment and material, through the preparation process and the final execution of the work.
13 - 14 June 2024, 10am-5pm

Never Audition

Learn to NOT separate “auditioning” from “working”.

Date: Sunday, 2 June 2024

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Never Audition will present you with practical, immediately accessible, simple, clear, and invaluable information – informed by over 40 years of “hands on” experience from an acting, casting, directing, producing, coaching AND teaching point of view.

Learn the most effective approaches/mindset to work including:

  • PREPARATION: from the call for the appointment to tapings and the initial audition, to callbacks and the final execution of the work.
  • HOW & WHAT TO FOCUS ON: Working quickly and efficiently.
  • BREAKING DOWN THE SCRIPT: What are the best questions to ask? What is the most effective use of time, energy, and resources for the highest level of work?
  • Covers FILM, TELEVISION, and THEATRE.
  • QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION to follow.

 

This seminar is appropriate for actors of ALL LEVELS, from beginner to professional – every actor will take away valuable lessons to move their work to the next level.  

We also invite directors, writers, producers, casting directors, and agents to attend and gain insight into the principles that create a most productive, healthy, and respectful work atmosphere and relationship between actors and their collaborators.

This Seminar is presented at the major film schools, acting schools, institutions, and organizations throughout the United States, and abroad.

NEVER AUDITION is constantly evolving and updated, and has undergone significant revisions as of May 2024.  The volume of information is enormous. You are strongly urged to return, even if you’ve attended this Seminar previously.

It is highly recommended you attend this seminar, as it will be a great jump start to working with Ted in-person in Melbourne in June 2024. 

Panel: Leaders in the Enter-tainment Industry

  • Date: Monday, 3 June 2024
  • Time: 7pm – 9pm
  • Fee: There is a suggested fee of $10 – though no one will be turned away at the door from lack of funds. These discussions are important to be had in today’s market and we want everyone to have the opportunity to share in them.

In this time of virtual connectivity, this is a rare opportunity for artists, both seasoned and up and coming, to connect in person to share and discuss relevant issues around the ever-changing landscape of our industry.

Join Ted Brunetti in discussion with top working Australian professionals in the film, television and theatre industries, from casting directors and producers to directors and actors.

The format is a discussion between industry panel members, moderated by Ted Brunetti, that focuses on the real and practical issues facing artists today; followed by a Q & A that will be open to audience members.

Topics that may be explored:

  • What are the essential tools necessary for artists in today’s business world specific to the Australian and Global Markets?
  • In what ways has and is the business changing, and what are important elements for today’s artists to be aware of, prepared for, and tapped into?
  • What are some of the opportunities that artists in the Australian market can explore and take advantage of?
  • What are ways AU artists can establish, nurture, and expand their network of professional relationships and connections?
  • What are your views on social media and where can it be valuable to an artist, as well as where might you advise caution?
  • What are things an artist can do to be the most effective with their resources: their talent, time, energy and finances?
  • What are your views on working in the AU market and how you address, or not, working in anyother markets (EU, US, Asia, etc.)?

Theo McLeod
(Casting Director)

Thea McLeod of McLeod Casting is one of Australia’s most prominent casting directors with a wide breadth of work ranging from international films to television, Thea has a passion for discovering and nurturing the next generation of A list actors from Australia and beyond.

Thea spent eleven years in the UK where she was both an actress and a casting director, gaining much experience on an international level for film, television, and commercials. Since her return to Australia, she has been the resident casting director for “Neighbours” over the past 12 years, Other television credits include the highly acclaimed “Better Man” for the SBS network, the controversial telemovie “Schapelle” for Channel Nine, based on the fascinating story of Schapelle Corby and her trial, and “UnderBelly Files: The Man That Got Away” for Screentime, which was a part of the highly successful crime series Underbelly plus “City Homicide” for The Seven Network & “What ever happened to that guy” for Foxtel. As well as many successful Australian Feature films including “Pawno”, “Spin Out”, “Lie With Me”, “Emo The Musical”, “Summercoda”, “Blinder”, “What if it Works”, “The Menkoff Method” & “Measure 4 Measure ”.

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).

Michael McMahon
(Director & Executive Producer, Big and Little Films)

Michael McMahon is a Melbourne-based lawyer and screen content producer. He was a founder and first Executive Chairman of Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd.

Michael has held a wide range of management and legal positions as well as board appointments, including Screen Tasmania and Film Victoria. He has also held academic positions at the University of South Australia and Swinburne University of Technology, where he is an Adjunct Professor.

He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Screen Producers Australia in 2018.

Steven Arriagada
(Writer, Director & Producer)

Steven Arriagada is an Indigenous Chilean-Italian screenwriter and director, with a keen eye for and interest in genre work.

In 2022, he was 1 of 18 selected to participate in Netflix’s Grow Creative initiative for emerging writers. Steven has written multiple episodes of Stan’s hit series BUMP and is writing on multiple feature film projects for Toni Collette and Vocab Films. He is currently developing projects with Endemolshine Australia and New Sparta in the UK.

Steven’s debut as director, writer and producer, NATHAN LOVES RICKY MARTIN was AACTA and Dendy nominated for Best Short Film. It ranked 6th in AACTA’s short films of the decade. He then adapted the short into a pilot, which was nominated for the AWG Monte Miller Award for best long-form script.

Steven shadowed showrunners Louise Fox and Tony Ayres on ABC/Netflix’s GLITCH (Season 3). He was director, writer and producer on short WATCH OUT FOR THE AUSTRALIANS!! starring Kuni Hashimoto (WOLVERINE), which was award nominated at Festival du Nouveau Cinema and St Kilda Film Festival. He has also directed Hugh Jackman in video segments of his Broadway to Oz show.

Formerly, Steven was mostly working in below-the-line production jobs, including shooting the Australian Open for ESPN. He has also worked in development roles such as Story Analyst for Studio Canal through the Australian Writers Guild /Scripted Ink. Steven won the Arclight / Chinalight feature film initiative through Screen Australia and won the Script Pipeline First Look competition. He has also been nominated for Best Short Film at Montreal Festival of New Cinema twice.

Steven also works as a creative across several formats, including comic book creation, theatre and experimental visual arts.

Liza Dennis
(Casting Associate, Writer & Dramaturg, Director)

Liza Dennis is an award-winning, multi-faceted creative whose career spans over 30 years. She has honed her craft through a rich educational background, studying at the National Theatre Drama School, RMIT (Screenwriting) program & 16th Street Acting School, where she trained with the likes of Elizabeth Kemp, Ellen Burstyn, Jackie Diamond, Larry Moss, and Ivana Chubbuck.  Liza has built a dynamic and versatile career, contributing to the entertainment industry as an actress, dramaturg, choreographer, screenwriter, director & production casting associate. She also served as co-chair on the MEAA wellness committee.

Liza’s extensive portfolio includes work on some of Australia’s most recent and acclaimed productions; The Last Days of The Space Age (Disney), Scrublands (STAN), Gold Diggers (ABC) Planet Lulin (ABC) Spooky Files (ABC) Windcatcher (STAN). Her talents have also been sought after by major US production companies, including NBC Universal and Paramount Pictures. 

More recently, Liza’s expertise in onset dramaturgy has become increasingly in demand due to her holistic practices; Director Glendyn Ivan praised her, saying, “Liza is amazing to work with. She quickly became an essential part of my area, and I loved her techniques to relax and prepare the young cast.” Her innovative visualizations and meditations have become highly popular among young actors in both Australia and the USA.

Beyond the entertainment industry, Liza extends her skills to the corporate & community sectors, facilitating communication & nervous system regulation workshops with state decision-makers & youth leaders. She has also made a significant impact through her work with at-risk youth using art and narrative practices to aid in their healing processes.

Liza maintains a personal client base of actors, performers, reality television personalities and people in the community providing specialized coaching and support tailored to their unique needs. She is a qualified meditation, breathwork, and dreamwork facilitator, incorporating these practices into her holistic approach to creativity and well-being. 

In addition to her impressive career, Liza is currently undertaking a bachelor’s degree in psychotherapy. She is also one of three facilitators in Australia invited to train in the Compassion Prison Project model, a groundbreaking program transforming lives of incarcerated men and women across the USA.

Liza resides in regional Victoria with her young daughter, where she continues to inspire the creative community and meditate twice daily.

Adrian Storey
(Managing Director/Producer, StoryBoard Entertainment)

Adrian’s career has seen him work with the best theatre practitioners around the globe in various forms, initially through Company/Stage Management, General Management and then as a significant Producer in his own right.


Graduating with a BA(Hons) in Public Administration and a post-graduate diploma in Stage Management, Adrian toured extensively throughout the UK, USA, Israel, India and Australia; as well as working in the West End. He is honoured to have worked with Sonia Friedman Productions (Harry Potter & the Cursed Child), Playful Productions (Wicked) and continues a long-standing relationship with the Ambassador Theatre Group, Gordon Frost Organisation, Opera Australia & Tim Lawson Enterprises.


Adrian has worked in all styles of theatre, from Shakespeare to Musicals, which include acclaimed productions of: ‘The Cherry Orchard’, ‘Suddenly Last Summer’, ‘Hedda Gabler’, ‘A Servant to Two Masters’, ‘Humble Boy’, ‘Afterplay’, ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’, ‘Arms and The Man’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’, ‘By the Bog of Cats’, ‘Ragtime’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Blue Man Group’. 

Working with some of the world’s most prolific or high-profile performers such as Eric Sykes, Peter Bowles, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Holly Hunter, John Hurt, Matthew Perry, Minnie Driver & Hank Azaria.

After relocating to Australia in 2008, Adrian has quickly become a major player on the national arts scene, working on the blockbuster musicals, ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Hairspray (2010/2022)’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘The King & I’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Magic Mike Live: Australia, Hairspray & Grease.’

Adrian also owns and operates a boutique commercial theatrical company “StoreyBoard Entertainment” which has recently produced the works ‘Follies – in Concert’, ‘Barnum’, ‘Chess’, and ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’

Peter Kalos
(Acting Coach & Owner, Melbourne Actors Lab)

Peter Kalos the founder and the sole teacher at THE LAB has studied with some of the world’s most prolific acting teachers. At age 19 he moved to the USA and commenced his acting journey with master teacher Stella Adler for four years, following which he went on to study full time at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute under the tuiteledge of Anna Strasberg for over ten years. There he trained in the tradition now known as “the method”. Whilst at the Institute he studied with acclaimed teachers Mark Marno, Hedi Sontag, Doug Dirkson, Suzan Peretz, Dominic DeFazio, and Sharron Chatten.

For almost 20 years, Peter honed his craft and worked as an actor and director in the USA and Australia. When he returned to Australia to raise his family he founded THE LAB. In doing so it was his desire to create a safe, nurturing environment for actors of all levels of ability to study in the tradition he did; a studio striving for artistic excellence in the style of the great master teachers of a bygone era.

Towards his later years in Hollywood Peter worked with actor / director Barry Primus where Peter says he learned all about being an actor’s actor. It’s through Barry Primus that Peter was exposed to some of the world’s most prominent actors, directors and writers. This opportunity allowed Peter to watch actors like Eli Wallach, Robert DeNiro, Martin Landau, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, Mark Wahlberg, and many many more. It was Primus who took Peter to the Actors Studio where Peter met and studied with the acclaimed Suzan Peretz.

Peter also branched out into screenwriting. He has worked as a script doctor for many years in Hollywood, working with producers such as Jason Shuman (Role Models, Darkness Falls), Joe Wolf (Halloween, Nightmare on Elm St), and Stratton Leopold (Mission Impossible, Star Trek). He has also taken classes in Stand-up Comedy with Judy Carter and performed at the LA Cabaret and the Improv in Hollywood.

Ashley Taylor Tickell
(Director and Producer, Salty Theatre; Associate Producer, Vass Productions)

Ashley is the Director and Co-Founder of Melbourne based theatre company Salty Theatre and is an Associate Producer with Vass Productions. She has 30+ years of experience across the theatre, television and film sectors, both on stage and screen and off. Her work has been seen and heard in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia, initially as a performer before transitioning into the roles of producer and director.

Hailing from Toronto, Canada and now a proud citizen of Australia, Ashley got her first taste of producing when she premiered Heartache, Milkshakes and Broadway, which was performed at the renowned cabaret venue Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Ashley’s most recent credits include producing and managing three seasons of Voldemort and The Teenage Hogwarts in Victoria and Adelaide, co-producing the return season of METAMUSE for Vass Productions and Luca Dinardo, and directing and producing the premiere of cult hit Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical. Ashley also co-created The Hatch Lab and the Australian Musical Artists Collective, to help fill a gap in the new musical development and production market in Australia.

A strong advocate for new works, Ashley connects with artists in Australia as a mentor, coach and dramaturg to support and assist them in the development of new works both as writers and as independent producers. She also works with creatives globally to debut their musicals in Australia. Ashley is committed to being an advocate for women in leadership and BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and disabled creative artists as well as identity-conscious casting.

Select theatre credits: Lucy in Ladies in Retirement (Off-Broadway); Heartache, Milkshakes & Broadway (Don’t Tell Mama NYC); The Sound of Music (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Mirvish); Belle in Beauty and the Beast; Cosette in Les Miserables, Jasmine in Aladdin; Mary in Mary’s Wedding; The Kid/Linda U/S in Pal Joey (The Shaw Festival); Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass (The Stratford Festival). Select film/tv credits: The Cutting Room, The Cold Equations, 1-800 Missing, Goosebumps, Stickin’ Around, and Little Bear.

Ashley, her husband Jeremiah and their son, Grant, call Melbourne home.

Fiona Copland
(Ticketing Operations Manager, TodayTix Group)

Fiona Copland has a diverse work experience spanning various roles and industries. Fiona currently works as a Ticketing Operations Manager at TodayTix Group (TTG), starting in May 2022 and is driven to help shape a market where theatre and live arts are accessible to all.

Prior to their current position, Fiona worked at Nimax Theatres Ltd from June 2016 to May 2022, where they held multiple roles including Deputy Box Office Supervisor, Box Office Assistant, Front of House Supervisor, and Front of House Attendant. Fiona also worked as an Estates Coordinator at Premier Estates Limited from January 2016 to November 2016. Before that, Fiona worked at Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd. from September 2014 to January 2016, where they worked as Stage Door and Front of House Attendant.

Charlotte Brash
(Partnerships & Marketing Manager, TodayTix Group)

Originally a performer herself (and theatre nerd at heart), Charlotte pivoted to the ticketing industry in 2020 and found a new passion for helping bring new audiences to theatre, and to make theatre in Australia accessible to all. In her current role as Partnerships & Marketing Manager at TodayTix Australia, Charlotte is part of a small but mighty team who work tirelessly to expand the rapidly-growing offerings on the platform across five Australian markets with the mission to ‘find a seat for everyone’!

Self-Tape Festival

Experience the Casting Process as BOTH Actor AND Casting Director.

  • Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Fee: $95

 

Submission Deadline: Monday, 10th June by 10am

ENROL NOW to receive sides and role for you to submit your self-taped audition for this event. 

Actively participate as Actor AND Casting Director in this unique and immersive 1-day event. 

As Actor: you will submit your own self-taped audition in advance to be part of a mock Casting Director session*.

As Casting Director: you will be divided into two groups to select callbacks and final casting in a mock casting session*.

(*This casting session is for educational purposes only.)

 

What to Expect:

  • Receive a scene in advance and submit your self-tape for the role.
  • Be divided into groups to view submissions and determine callbacks and final casting choices.
  • Get specific, highest-standard critique on your self-tape audition.
  • Gain insight into the casting process by also participating as part of the casting team.
  • Experience first-hand how your work is received and analysed in the casting process. 
  • Learn who Ted would cast in each role and why.

 

**Space is limited for this event.

Join us at the Alex Theatre St. Kilda for this totally unique opportunity to learn from both sides of the casting process. 

For all professional and aspiring actors 18 and above. 

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to gain valuable industry insights, receive personalised coaching from Ted Brunetti, and elevate your acting skills to new heights. Join us at the St. Kilda Film Festival for an experience like nothing before!

2-Day Masterclass on Acting

Elevate your acting skills like never before.

  • Date: 13 – 14 June 2024
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Fee: $195

Be guided step-by-step on what to do from the first moment you receive the appointment and material, through the preparation process and the final execution of the work.

DAY 1:

  • Nothing to prepare in advance. Receive your material IN CLASS.
  • Break down the script step-by-step IN CLASS with Ted’s guidance.
  • Be divided into pairs and guided through how to learn the material IN CLASS.

Ted specifically guides you through how to most effectively and efficiently use your time, energy, talent, and resources to arrive at the highest level of work possible. 

DAY 2:

  • Film scenes in an audition situation for the role prepared in Day 1, one at a time.
  • Be directed and guided through how to most effectively apply adjustments.
  • Review playbacks as a group.
  • Receive specific notes on your filmed audition.
  • Q & A 

You will get the most benefit out of working with Ted in this Master Class if you first attend his NEVER AUDITION (“Prepare to WORK, not audition!”) Seminar on 3 June 2024, where Ted shares an enormous amount of information on a healthy mindset and the highest professional standards to approach your work.