Ted Swetz

Ted Swetz

Ted began his career with the New York Shakespeare Festival, performing at Lincoln Center and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Ted has had the privilege of studying with legendary teachers Morris Carnovsky, Phoebe Brand, and Stella Adler, all founding members of the Group Theater. For ten years, as an original member of American Players Theatre -- a "Tony" nominated classical repertory company founded by Randall Duk Kim, Anne Occhiogrosso, and Charles Bright -- he acted, taught, directed, and served as assistant artistic director. As a principal actor, Ted has appeared in many regional theaters throughout the country. Some representative roles include Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Falstaff (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Gloucester (King Lear), Friar Lawrence (Romeo and Juliet), Claudius (Hamlet), Touchstone (As You Like It), Argan (The Imaginary Invalid), Max (Laughter on the 23rd Floor), Percy (The Boyfriend), and Donny (The Lieutenant of Inishmore). His work as a director has been varied in style and venue and includes Mojo, Side Man, All in the Timing, and Rabbit Hole (Unicorn Theatre); Misalliance and Room Service (Commonweal Theater Company); The Comedy of Errors and The Shorts Fest (The Kansas City Rep); Talley's Folly (Kansas City Actors Theater); Ferdinand the Bull (Coterie Theater); and The Cripple of Inishmaan (Nebraska Rep). For twelve years Ted was a faculty member in the professional training program at UMKC as well as serving as resident artist with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He returns to UMKC from Binghamton University, where he held the title of Head of Acting and Directing. He serves UMKC’s Department of Theatre as The Patricia McIlrath Endowed Professor of Theater – Acting.


Role   Show
Paul Henley ..................... Surfacing, Episode 1
Paul Henley ..................... Surfacing, Episode 3


The Nature of Captivity
By Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Robert Arnold
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