On Wednesday, September 5th The Ohio State University’s Department of Theatre will present the annual Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture to be delivered by performing artist Ted Lange. He will be speaking on “The Changing Landscape of Working in Show Business.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
A prolific actor of stage and screen, Lange may be best known for his work on the television series The Loveboat, but he is also a skilled director, author, and educator whose talents have brought worldwide recognition. He certainly exemplifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award that he received from the NAACP in Los Angeles and the Heroes and Legends (HAL) Lifetime Achievement Award. On May 10, 2018, Lange also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his ‘Contribution to the History of Television’ for his work on The Loveboat.
A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lange made his Broadway acting debut in the musical hit Hair. His theatrical acting career spans over fifty plays including South Coast Repertory’s Piano Lesson, Sunshine Boys, Biloxi Blues, and a national tour of Driving Miss Daisy. Lange is also a prolific playwright, having written more than twenty five plays. His latest, The Cause, My Soul, the prequel to Othello, was presented at the Odyssey Theatre and at the North Carolina Black Theatre Festival winning the NAACP Theatre Awards’ Best Play of 2017.
Lange sometimes serves as an adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Cinema/Television at USC, where he teaches a weekly course in film directing. In addition, he also lectures on Shakespeare and acting at high schools and colleges across the nation. When asked about the diversity of his career, Lange states, “The duty of the Artist is to find his muse, then let her rip.”