top of page

Coaching from a set of core methods and principles developed by Ethan, the #TeamEthanCoaches staff is ready to use their diverse and complementary sets of skills and experience to help you best achieve your career goals. 


Ethan Paulini

Ethan Paulini is originally from Newton, MA. He attended Emerson College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting. After graduation, he moved to New York City where he began almost immediately performing in NYC, on national tours and regional theatre. Favorite credits have included the title role in Elf (Arkansas Rep), Oliver! (Cameron Mackintosh's national tour), Compleat Wks of Wllm Shkspr ABRIDGED (Arkansas Rep), The Who's Tommy (Arkansas Rep/Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Northern Stage/Arkansas Rep), Gross Indecency (Provincetown Theatre), The Full Monty (Arkansas Rep/Cape Rep/Provincetown Theatre) and The 39 Steps (Alhambra/ACCC) among others. Ethan was a member of the Equity acting company at the historic Weathervane Theatre appearing in 9 to 5, Kiss Me, Kate, Moon Over Buffalo, Avenue Q and the regional premiere of Young Frankenstein for which he received a 2012 NHTA nomination.

Ethan created the title role in the regional premiere of Andrew Gerle and Maryrose Wood's The Tutor (SBT/2007 Spirit Award). He also appeared in the regional premieres of Marisa Michelson’s Lovers (Vineyard Playhouse, Tom Dudzick’s A Miracle on South Division St. (7 Angels) and DT in the original New York production of The Sexless Years at Ars Nova (2006 MAC Nomination). Ethan appeared in the world premiere of Larson Award winner Lance Horne's Back in the Day (Cape Rep) and can be heard on the original cast album. He appearred and co-produced, with Provincetown Counter Productions, the pre-Broadway World Premiere of David Caudle's The Common Swallow. He also appears on Lisa Howard's debut album Songs of Innocence and Experience. Ethan has received best performance of the year citation from the Cape Cod Times twice. 

Ethan is a company member of NJ Rep. In addition to performing, Ethan was a founding member of Spontaneous Evolution Ensemble (S.E.E. Theatre), Interim Productions, and Paulini and Howell Productions with his partner, Angela C. Howell. Ethan is a member of the faculty of the venerable Harwich Junior Theatre. He created educational programming, including the "Summer at the Rep," for Arkansas Rep, and directed the Intern Training Program at Weathervane Theatre. Ethan is also a sought-after director and choreographer with recent work including The Full Monty, Elf, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Penobscot), Little Women (Ocean State), Provincetown Counter Productions' hits Working, and Passing Strange; and Speech and Debate for Cape Rep. He created the critically-acclaimed musical song cycle Mama and Her Boys which has been performed over 500 times including an 18-month Off-Broadway Run. He co-created Christina Sajous’ Sajous So Far. Ethan is the Producing Artistic Director of the Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, New Hampshire. Additionally, Ethan serves as the Associate Artistic Director for Out Of The Box Theatrics in NYC, and directed their productions of Master Harold and the Boys and Into The Woods. A proud member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA), Ethan has appeared in numerous commercials, voiceovers and industrials. He has appeared on episodic television for CBS and NBC. He is represented by Todd Eskin/Across the Board Talent in NY and LA for Television, Film and Theatre. He dedicates all his artistic pursuits to the memory of his mother, Deirdre, who initiated the journey and continues to inspire it every day.

Chad Burris

Associate coach, Chad Burris, is a professional actor, coach, and writer residing in New York City. Before moving to the city, he appeared in the Tony Award winning musical tour, The Book of Mormon. He toured with the show for three years as a standby for the lead, performing the role of 'Elder Cunningham' over 100 times in the United States and Canada, including a month engagement at the historic John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has also performed at other award-winning theaters, including Arkansas Repertory Theater, Cape Playhouse, and Cleveland Playhouse. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and is represented by Harden Curtis/Kirsten Riley. Chad specializes in college audition prep, musical theatre coaching, monologue prep, cold reading techniques, and music theory. 

Kelly Strandemo

Associate coach, Kelly Strandemo, comes to #TeamEthanCoaches with over a decade of professional acting experience. She holds a Master's Degree in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), a BFA in Music Theatre from Northern Kentucky University, and is a graduate of Orange County School of the Arts in California. Kelly has appeared in productions from summer stock to off-Broadway, as well as in independent film and new media projects. As an active founding member of the award-winning theatre company, Ducdame Ensemble, Kelly has served as an actor, writer, and producer, as well as a part of the marketing & media team. A published writer, Kelly is one third of the creative team behind the thirty-episode web series "30/2010." Her adaption of Aristophanes' THE CONGRESSWOMEN premiered in the 2018 NY International Fringe Festival. Kelly served as LAMDA's North American Representative from 2017 - 2018; and can now often be found "behind the table" as a reader, panelist, and producer. She is a proud member of AEA and Equity UK. Kelly's specialties include classical monologue selection and preparation, verse work, working with dialects, techniques for cold-readings and sides, auditioning for college & graduate schools, and creating and producing your own work. 

bottom of page