Ted Dykstra has received Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations as an actor, director, writer, producer and composer, and was awarded Doras for Fire (Acting + Musical Direction) and 2 Pianos 4 Hands (producing) as well as a Chalmers Award for writing (2 Pianos 4 Hands). Co-writer of 2 Pianos 4 Hands, he has performed it in 11 Canadian cities (including 4 Toronto runs) as well as in New York, Washington DC, London’s West End and Tokyo, Japan. He has also directed productions of 2 Pianos 4 Hands across the US, as well as in Australia and Hong Kong.
He has played leading roles on every major stage in Canada. Some of his favourite memories are the title roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hamlet, Amadeus, Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy (Dora nomination), Daffyd Llewellen in A Chorus of Disapproval (Dora Nomination), Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ariel in The Tempest. He has acted in dozens of movies and television shows, and just received a Gemini Award for his performance in Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion.
Ted has composed music for theatres across the country. He is a founding member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, where he has directed several productions in Toronto, including Leaving Home (Dora nomination), Under Milkwood, Salt Water Moon, Fool for Love, The Dumb Waiter and The Beggar’s Opera.
He has directed numerous other productions in Toronto including Frost/Nixon (Canadian Stage), Tuesdays with Morrie (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), Cinderella (Elgin Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Canadian Stage/MTC), Aladdin (National Tour, Elgin Theatre, Toronto Dora nomination), Snow White and the Group of Seven (Elgin Theatre), Tequila Vampire Matinee (Dora Nomination), Science Fiction, Scott Thompson’s Lowest Show on Earth, BULLY
and in recent years he has directed A Few Good Men, Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird for the Neptune Theatre in Halifax.
He wrote and directed Mordecai Richler: A Celebration for the CBC
. Upcoming productions include Of the Fields Lately, and Billy Bishop Goes to War. He wrote and directed Mordecai Richler: A Celebration for the CBC
. Currently he is writing a musical commissioned by David Mirvish.
Richard was born in Montreal and started taking piano lessons with Dorothy Morton at the age of seven. He studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Since his return to Canada in 1975, he has been acting, directing, writing and composing music for theatre, radio, television and film across Canada and abroad.
He has played leading roles in regional theatres and Toronto. Favourite recent roles include Creon in Antigone, The Concierge in The Gladstone Variations, and Merv in The Sisters Rosenzweig. He has appeared in numerous feature films and on television. He has performed 2 Pianos 4 Hands with Ted Dykstra over 750 times, including 6 months Off-Broadway at The Promenade in New York City, ten weeks in the West End of London, a cross-Canada tour, three runs in Toronto, and three weeks in Tokyo.
He has directed over 100 productions for the stage, the vast majority being original works, and has been a co-writer on some of the most successful new plays in recent Canadian theatre history including The Theory of Relatives, i.d., Care, Letters from Lehrer, and Sibs, which was also made into a CBC
movie. He has won many Dora and Chalmers Awards, as well as receiving numerous other nominations.
He has taught acting, directing and play creation techniques – as well as directing numerous productions – at most of the theatre training institutions in Canada. He lives in Toronto.