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Ted Mattison has been a professional actor for over 20 years and is thrilled to be joining Seydways Acting Studios Los Angeles as an instructor. He started out with such highly acclaimed theatres in Minneapolis as Theatre de la June Lune in Children of Paradise, The Great American History Theatre and the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. Ted came to Los Angeles in 1998 and has been working in television, film, theatre and commercials ever since. He’s appeared in 17 television shows: American Horror Story, Weeds, Justified, CSI. He’s worked as a principal performer in over 80 national commercials: Dockers, Folgers, Honda, Pizza Hut, Dr. Scholl’s. He’s played lead roles in more than twenty stage productions: Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Arnold in The Boy’s Next Door, Nick in The Great Gatsby, Tim in Noises Off, Al in The Baby Dance and Lophakin in The Cherry Orchard.
He’s directed several plays including The Baby Dance, The Marriage Proposal and a collection of scenes for two showcases: Substance Abuse and Ted’s Theatre Kitchen. He has written, produced, directed and performed two critically acclaimed theatre productions both in Los Angeles and at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Outward Blonde and Recollect the Snow (“Humanistic Jack London” – LA Weekly).
He is the co-director, producer and subject of the award winning documentary film Nothing Without You. “Naked in the desert a lone man throws himself at the mercy of the people at Burning Man. An extraordinary experiment in humanity.” Winner of best documentary at the Malibu Film Festival and the Artivist Film Festival, Nothing Without You is one of only six films that Burning Man officially endorses as representative of the long-running gathering.
Ted received his B.A. from Oberlin College in Political Science and East Asian Studies and his Master’s in Secondary Education from St. Thomas University. He was a high school social studies teacher for ten years. He’s been studying with Richard Seyd at his Los Angeles studio since the day it opened. He has studied with many talented teachers and directors including: Michael Arndt (California Lutheran University Theatre Department), Michael Ellison (Bowling Green State University Theatre Department) Enrico Colantoni, Bruce Katzman, Margie Haber, Corey Allen, Julia Carey, Craig Anton and David Cabot.
Ted recently wrote, directed and starred in his first narrative short film called Broken Marine about two marines struggling with PTSD.