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teresa crespo hartendorp

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teresa crespo hartendorp's (tch) story

plays out like a Hollywood cliche:

immigrating to the United States at age seven,

growing into a working actress by age seventeen,

starting on a multi-faceted career path spanning

nearly thirty-five years in the entertainment field. 


Working steadily in theatre, film and television, tch 

sought even more outlets for her artistic expression. Though appearing in an Academy Award winning film,

and an Emmy Award winning television series,

tch found her autonomy moving behind the scenes.  

Writing, directing, acting, shooting, editing and even composing the score of her own projects,

puts tch in the realm of a true auteur.​


In front of the camera, tch's resume includes, but is

not limited to, NAILS (Dennis Hopper, John Hawkes);

OUT OF THE DARK (Bud Cort, Divine); SESSION MAN (James Remar: Academy Award, Best Short 1992);

HOUSE DOWN THE STREET (James Le Gros); the multi-Award winning CHINA BEACH ; the Ace Award winning 6 MINUTES; and the internet episodic ALIENDOG.COM; 

and LIFE IN THE LAFF LANE  (John Hawkes). 

Teresa has also starred in numerous commercials;

music videos including Lionel Ritchie’s HELLO

Michael Jackson's THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL

and from the Grammy Nominated Original Soundtrack GHOSTBUSTERS, Mick Smiley's MAGIC.

On stage, tch had her first taste of theater in Ebbe Roe Smith's original play O.D.: OtherDimentionalists, and

has since starred in shows at The Stella Adler Theatre,

The Cast Theatre, Celebration Theatre, On The Fringe, Griffith Park Theatre, LACC Theatre Academy, 

LA Women's Theatre Project, Palomar Performing Arts, San Diego Fringe Festival, and The La Jolla Playhouse.

Behind the camera, teresa crespo hartendorp

is a fiercely independent, one woman film company

having made numerous full-length films, music videos,

and documentaries including

THE PEOPLE OF PEACE: A Message From The Hopi, hArmOny & mELOdy, vigilantette, and the short film

'shE smilE prEtty', the last which made it’s debut

at the LAWTP Women In The Arts Festival.

Despite  an overabundance of creative talent,

tch considers herself primarily a storyteller. “It’s really

all about the story," she says, “stories that convey

the spectrum of human emotion; when souls kiss

and transform." 

In a musical project 'tch SOLO', Teresa performs on stage as a guitarist and singer/songwriter, currently recording an album of original songs, continuing the story…

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NAILS (Showtime -with Dennis Hopper, Anne Archer, John Hawkes)

OUT OF THE DARK (Zel Films -with Bud Cort, Divine, Karen Black, Tab Hunter)

HOUSE DOWN THE STREET (with James Le Gros)

MARINE STORY (Red Road Studios -with Dreya Weber) 

HEY SAILOR, HEY SISTER (MTV/tch Productions)

SESSION MAN (Chanticleer Films -with James Remar) -[Academy Award, Best Short 1992]  

CHINA BEACH “Where The Boys Are” -[Emmys, Multi-Award Winning Season]

SUPER CARRIER “Ring of Fire” (ABC)

LIFE IN THE LAFF LANE (with John Hawkes) 


BROKEN MIRROR (Premiere) (Dir. P. Sawoski, Playwright G.B. Smith) Studio Stage, Santa Monica, CA

ALLEGORY (Premiere) (Dir. Playwright. Sammi Cannold & Emily Maltby) La Jolla Playhouse

SILA (West Coast Premiere) (Dir. Michael Mufson) Black Box Theatre, San Marcos

MAMASIHERO (Premiere) (MaArte Theatre Collective) Vassiliadis Black Box Theater, San Diego

AGILA: A DUET OF FILIPINO/AMERICAN MYTHS (Premiere) San Diego Fringe Festival 

TEN ACROBATS IN AN AMAZING LEAP OF FAITH (Dir. Michael Mufson) Brubeck Theater, San Marcos

ANON(YMOUS): A REFUGEE ODYSSEY  (Dir. Michael Mufson) Studio Theatre, San Marcos

THE BALLAD OF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN (Dir. Michael Mufson) Studio Theatre, San Marcos

MENTAL STATE  (Dir. Annie Hinton) Studio Theatre, San Marcos

LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE (Dir. DeeJae Cox) The LA Womens Theatre Project

THE OBLIVION SERIES  (Premiere) (Playwright. Justine Warrington) The LA Women's Theatre Project

THIS IS WAR  (Premiere) (Dir. Jennie O'Donnell) Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood 

LETTERS HOME (Premiere) (Dir. Marian Jones, with Emily Deschanel) Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood

EVENING OF ORIGINAL ONE-ACTS (Premiere) (Dir. Odalys Nanin) Celebration Theatre, Hollywood

O.D. :OTHER DIMENTIONALISTS (Premiere) (Playwright. Ebbe Roe Smith) Cast Theatre, Hollywood

LEGENDS OF ANCIENT AMERICA (Premiere) (Dir. Playwright. Marsha Myers) Cast Theatre, Hollywood

DAVID:THE YOUNG WARRIOR (Premiere) (Dir. Playwright. Marsha Myers) First Stage Theatre, L.A.

HOUSE OF DISCIPLINE (Premiere)  (Dir. Playwright. James Oseland) Padua Hills Festival 

A LATE SNOW (with Lee Garlington) On the Fringe Theatre, Los Angeles


Student Films

FOREIGN PLANETARY (2024 USC - Award Winning Short); EFFING THE INEFFABLE (AFI -Clint Howard); 



McDonalds, Burger King, Pepsi, Coke, Pontiac, Chevy, Butterfinger, LensCrafters,

TIG Marketplace, Network Promos: ABC, NBC ...more upon request.

Music Videos 

Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, tch solo, Kenny G, Jeffrey Osborne, Barry Manilow, Berlin,  

Matthew Wilder, Bruce Hornsby, Greg Phillinganes, Kashif, Amy Madigan, Susan Toney, Styx,

Jesse Johnson, and Mick Smiley ...more upon request.



Kimberly Jentzen, Danielle Eskinazi, John Levey, Sandra Merrill, Carolyn Barry,  …life.

Special Skills

Voice Over Artist. Singer-Songwriter, Guitar/Ukulele. Medical Terminology. Speaks Tagalog.

Firearms: revolvers, semi-automatics, rifles. Athletic. Sushi Chef. Horticulturist.

Pretty hands and feet.  

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