Robert Benedetti holds a PhD from Northwestern University. He has taught acting, directing, and film/TV production and acting for thirty years at the School of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts, the University of California at Riverside, York University in Toronto and at the Yale Drama School. He was guest director at the Melbourne Theatre Company and his pro- duction of Glengarry Glen Ross won the Victoria Green Room Award. His book, The Actor at Work, has been in print for thirty years and just appeared in its Eighth Edition.
In 1999 a new book, The Actor In You, appeared, and a sec- ond edition will appear this fall. In 2000, two new books, Action! Acting for Film and Television and From Concept To Screen: An Overview of Film and Television Production, published by Allyn & Bacon. Bendetti also wrote The Director at Work, with a Foreword by John Houseman. In 1991 he became President of Anasazi Productions, owned by Ted Danson. Here, he executive- produced the feature film, Pontiac Moon, and three television movies, Mercy Mission (filmed in Australia) and Fight For Justice for NBC, and On Promised Land for the Disney Channel starring Joan Plowright. In 1996 he wrote and produced the ABC/Signboard Hill film, The Canterville Ghost, with Patrick Stewart and Neve Campbell, which won all TV categories in the Family Film Awards – Best Movie, Best Actor, and Best Actress. In the past four years, Benedetti has won two Emmys for Best Television Movie. For the 1997 HBO film, Miss Evers Boys, starring Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne, which was nominated for twelve Emmys and won five. It also won the Humanitas Prize, the CableAce Award, and the National Education Association Award, AGolden Globe, and the NAACPImage Award. In 1999 Benedetti produced ALesson Before Dying (also for HBO) starring Don Cheadle and Cicely Tyson. It won Emmys for Best Picture and Best Script, and was named Best TV Movie of the Year by the National Board of Review, and won both the Humanitas Prize and the Peabody Award. Also in 1999, Benedetti was Executive Producer of the Showtime film, Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within, with Timothy Hutton and Joan Plowright. It was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Best Teleplay of the Year. Benedetti was Dean of California Institute of the Arts and Head of the Acting Programme at Yale.