Edward O’Blenis has worked for the last 20 years as a professional actor, director, acting coach and writer.
Edward has an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and a BFA in Acting/Original Works Playwriting and Directing from Cornish College of the Arts. While at Yale he had leading and supporting roles in over twenty productions including: Othello in Othello, Pericles in Pericles, Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Behemoth in The Master and Margarita, Assassins, Measure for Measure, Kudzu You, Pearl Blue, Body Subjunctive and the Crazy Locomotive a senior thesis directed by Annie Dorsen who directed Passing Strange on Broadway.
As a professional actor he has performed in numerous Film and Television roles. He played alongside Ice T on television’s Law and Order SVU, and adults might remember him from his recurring role on Bill Nye the Science Guy. On the big screen he has starred in Eden alongside Anna Farris (Sundance 1995) Proud (starring Ossie Davis) or most recently On The Outs currently on DVD. Or you may recognize him from various national network commercial ads including Heineken, Subway Sandwich, Bank of America, Wendy’s and the frequently aired Verizon Business DSL Bigger-Busier spot.
Being a classically trained thespian he has performed in a vast array of professional theaters all across the country. Some, but not all, of these include: The Piano Lesson alongside televisions Malik Yoba and the Tony winning Roger Robinson at the Delaware Theater Company. The Member of the Wedding Directed by Joan Woodward and The Old Settler directed by Tazwell Thompson both at the Westport Country Playhouse, Tamer of Horses at Passage Stage, as and in Othello at Cape Fear Regional Theater, Clybourne Park at the Hanger Theater, Peter Pan at the Intiman Theater, The Birds and Richard the Second at the Yale Repertory Theater, A Midsummer Nights Dream at The Actors Theater of Louisville, Lobby Hero at the New Century Theater in MA, the Good Councelor at Premiere Stages, Train to 2010 at the Crossroads Theater of NJ, Caliban in the Tempest and Protius in the Two Gentleman of Verona at the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Orsino in Twelth Night at the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival and Flow in Fabulation at the People’s Light and Theater in PA.
In New York he has been directed by Will Frears in Big Trouble in Little Hazard and performed in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s (Spider-Man) Say you love Satan both for the New York International Fringe Theater Festival. He worked with Jackson Gay on Spring Awakening, Hamlet for Moon Works Productions, Home Affairs at the John Houseman, Einstein’s Dreams at the Culture Project, Tall Grass directed by Mary Poppin’s Nick Corely and Astrov in Uncle Vanya for Target Margin Theater.
He had his first professional experience while interning at the Seattle Children’s Theater performing in The Invisible Man. A favorite there, he was brought back to to play Calvin in a Wrinkle in Time and Pink in the critically acclaimed Pink and Say.
His involvement with Arts in Education programs stretches back to Seattle where he worked with Intiman’s Living History, the New Options Theater, and the Open Door Theater. In 1996 he moved to New York where he helped to found New Options East. Since then he has been proud to have taught alongside all ages in wonderful organizations such as Create, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Enact, Sparks, Theater Development Fund, The 52nd Street Project (where he acted alongside Tony Winner Cythia Nixon from Sex in the City fame and Francis McDormand from movies such as Fargo) and The Dwight Edgewood Project in New Haven. He is also a teacher at the New York Film Academy instructing students in Monologues, Scene Study, Stage Combat, The Business of Acting, Mask Work, Improvisation and Company Building.
He is a Fox Fellow and was awarded a Fox Foundation Grant to research New digital technology in Acting. He resides in Manhattan.