Ted Walch, Theater and Cinema Studies Teacher – TSC006

Ted Walch is a Harvard-Westlake legend. A teacher for 54 years (30 at Harvard-Westlake), Ted recounts fascinating stories about many of the notable alumni who credit Ted with their success, including Maggie Gyllenhaal ’95 and Jake Gyllenhaal ’98, the sublimely talented Class of 2011 (featuring Beanie Feldstein ’11, Ben Platt ’11, Kathryn Gallagher ’11, and others), and why Ted considers a 1999 production of King Lear starring Fran Kranz ’00 the finest in school history. Ted also describes his upbringing in Sedalia, Missouri, co-directing plays with Paul Newman at Kenyon College, and befriending Tom Hudnut in the early 70’s as young teachers at St. Albans. Ted references John Allen of Smith-Cotton High School and Jim Michael of Kenyon College as profound educational influences.