Ted Dykstra - actor

A fixture on the Canadian theatre scene for over three decades, Ted Dykstra is an award-winning actor, director, writer, producer and composer.


Perhaps best known for his mega-hit Two Pianos Four Hands (created with Richard Greenblatt) Ted has performed the play in 11 Canadian cities (including 5 Toronto runs) as well as in New York, Washington, London’s West End and Tokyo (twice). He has also directed productions of 2P4H across the US, as well as in Australia and Hong Kong. The play won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Production as well as the Chalmers Award for writing.


Other writing credits include The Kreutzer Sonata, which premiered at Summerworks, 2010 and enjoyed a sold-out run at Soulpepper the following season, Dorian a rock musical of the Oscar Wilde classic, and most recently Evangeline,  for which he wrote the book, lyrics and music, and which had its world premiere at The Charlottetown Festival to great acclaim, and will be seen again in 2015 in Charlottetown and at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre.


Ted has played leading roles on every major stage in Canada. Some of his favourites include title roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hamlet, and Amadeus, Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy (Dora nomination), Daffyd Llewellen in A Chorus of Disapproval (Dora nomination), Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ariel in The Tempest. Most recently he starred in the Toronto premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Motherf**ker With the Hat, the inaugural production at new theatre space The Coal Mine.


He has performed in dozens of movies and television shows and received a Gemini award for his performance in Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion. Most recently Ted appeared as a regular in Netflix’s first television series, Hemlock Grove and guest starred in an episode of Remedy for Global TV.


A founding member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, Ted has directed numerous productions for them including The Norman Conquests (the Alan Ayckbourn trilogy),  The Sunshine Boys, The Glass Menagerie, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Kreutzer Sonata (in which he played the lead) Jitters, Under Milkwood, Fool for Love , The Dumb Waiter; Of the Fields Lately, Leaving Home (Dora nom) and Saltwater Moon. This season he will direct Bedroom Farce, another Ayckbourn favourite.


Other directing credits include 39 Steps, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Theatre Aquarius) The Rocky Horror Show (Dora nom); Little Shop Of Horrors, Frost/Nixon (Canadian Stage)  ; Ross Petty Productions’ Cinderella, Aladdin and Snow White (Dora noms); Anne Frank (Merritt Award), To Kill A Mockingbird, A Few Good Men and Miracle Worker (Neptune Theatre),TequilaVampire Matinee (Dora nom); Science Fiction;

 Scott Thompson’s Lowest Show on Earth; BULLY and The Beggar’s Opera.


Ted has voiced dozens of cartoon characters and currently is the voice of Dad Tiger on Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood.


Other awards include three Dora awards for FIRE (acting and musical direction), a Sterling award  for FIRE (musical direction) and a Chalmers award for writing (2 Pianos, 4 Hands).