"I pursue acting/directing out of love and fear; out of the fear that my life will be ordinary, predictable, and unexciting otherwise, and out of love for its nature to keep me passionate, open-minded, and engaged with the essence of life."
Teddy Calvin, born in Germany, moved to the US at the age of seven. Teddy is now a multifaceted New York City-based creative & performer who recently completed his Conservatory Certificate at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He has performed as Jeremy in Be More Chill, Warren in This Is Our Youth, Crutchie in Disney's Newsies, Moritz in Spring Awakening, and more.
Before moving to NYC, Teddy was the director/lighting designer for productions of Bang! Bang! You’re Dead! and 21 Chump Street. The latter of the two marked his debut as music director and piano conductor.
While not on the stage, Teddy enjoys working on musical arrangements for piano and a cappella which are occasionally featured on his social media.
Teddy Calvin | Musical Reel
"Bang, Bang, You're Dead!" | Directed by Teddy Calvin
About My Look
Around the time I started acting, I was on a track & field team. Running and acting are inherently the same beast. Like a track team, a theatrical production shares the aspect of collaborative individuality. A runner will always run his own race but will never run alone. Scenework is the same. While I am playing my character, focusing on my lines, and doing all the preparation for myself, when I finally stand in the rehearsal space and on stage, I am at the mercy of my scene partner. I am only as good as my scene partner, and my scene partner is only as good as I am. That is why, as an actor, I must motivate, encourage, and support my scene partner. Without our collaborative teamwork to score points for our team, the material falls apart, and everyone's time has been wasted.
Moreso than the runner or the actor, the director shares the necessity to collaborate. Additionally, everyone involved in a production will always look to the director as the source of knowledge and point of reference: an anchor. Bearing that responsibility, I know that to have as clean and decisive of a vision for a show puts the rest of my team at ease. My goal, as an actor and director, is not only to captivate the audience. It is to serve the material so that the audience leaves the theater rejuvenated and inspired to change their lives and impact others for the better.