Burton Tedesco

Visiting Assistant Professor

Burton Tedesco is a Visiting Assistant Professor focusing on acting and movement. He currently serves as the Secretary of Dueling Arts International. Furthermore, Burton is a Dueling Arts International Associate Instructor and Fight Director. In addition to his stage combat training, he has studied The Expressive Actor: Integrated Voice, Movement and Acting Training with Michael Lugering, the founder of the technique, for the last three years. Burton is currently in the final stages of The Expressive Actor teacher training program.

Previously, Burton was an Assistant Professor of Theatre and chair of the Department of the Arts at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. From 2011-2012, he was a full-time instructor of Arts and Humanities at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida and an M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

As an actor, he has worked with several theatres around the country. From 2006-2007, he served as a resident actor/fight director for the Charleston Stage Company in Charleston, SC. While in Hattiesburg, MS, he was a proud member of Southern Arena Theatre for three seasons. During his time in New Orleans, Burton served as fight director for productions of Lilly’s Revenge, Wolves, and Venus in Fur all with Southern Rep Theatre and Born Yesterday and Spring Awakening at Delgado Community College. Burton has served as the resident fight director at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane for the last seven seasons, directing the violence for productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Dead, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and more. He has appeared as an actor in several of the festival’s productions playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Caliban in The Tempest. Burton played the title character in Macbeth for the Phoenix Stage Company in Watertown, CT, a production that earned the title of “Top Play of 2016 in Connecticut” (Nancy Sasso Janis, On Stage Blog).  His film credits include: Hotcakes, Trailer Park Jesus, the A&E series Breakout Kings, and the NBC pilot proposal Near Death. Burton has directed several productions over the last five years ranging from large-scale musicals such as Cabaret (2016) to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (2015).