Chad Bradford

Chad B.

Forest Hills, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
If you need help polishing your audition, I hope you will let me craft your best impression!

About Chad B.

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Chad is a director, actor, and composer based out of New York City. Chad is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has had the privilege to work all across the country. Chad is currently the Associate Artistic Director for Shake on the Lake Shakespeare in Western New York. During his time there he has directed RICHARD III, TWELFTH NIGHT, A MISDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, and ROMEO AND JULIET. Chad has acted Off-Broadway in New York City at the American Globe Theatre, among others, and with 5 different National Tours, playing lead roles in shows like: MACBETH (Macduff), THE FANTASTICKS (El Gallo), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Scrooge). Chad has also worked regionally at such theatres as: American Shakespeare Center, Farmer’s Alley Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, and is currently serving on Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s Artistic Collective, as well as a regular company actor and director.

In partnership with the Magik Theatre in San Antonio and the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Chad has also overseen, adapted, and directed shows for “Shakespeare on the River,” which feature his orginal family musical versions of Shakespeare favorites, such as TWELFTH NIGHT and TAMING OF THE SHREW, peformed right on the famous Riverwalk in San Antonio.

Chad is also a multi-instrumentalist and a composer. He has written music and served as musical director for many productions, including: RICHARD III (AST), TWELFTH NIGHT (AST/SOTL), KING LEAR (AST), BOTTOM’S DREAM (AST), TAMING OF THE SHREW (AST), DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company).

Chad has had the good fortune to also utilize his skills in education. Chad has served as a Guest Artist and Director for the University of Central Arkansas (directing David Ives’ THE LIAR), Bradley University (directing LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL), and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (directing Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT). Chad also has teaching experience at universities like Penn State, Hendrix College, and the University of Central Arkansas.

Favorite recent credits include: Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), Ferdinand in THE TEMPEST (American Shakespeare Center), and Jay and his alter ego Clair de Lune in MARE IN THE MEN’S ROOM (Off-Broadway).

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Noelle
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One of the best teachers I have ever had! Chad creates an environment that makes you feel really comfortable with exploring yourself as an actor. Not to mention that fact that he is so kind and genuine. I know I will be forever grateful that our paths crossed!

Posted Feb 6, 2019
Claudia
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I have worked with probably 4 dozen acting instructors, coaches, directors in my life, and Chad is the BEST OF THE BEST.
Through several years of working with him, I can vouch that with him you always know what you get: 100% quality, all of the time. He is fully present, meets you on eye level, is kind and understanding, and encourages/motivates you to go beyond what you thought was possible.
Whether it is audition prep, Shakespeare scene work, or general acting skills, there is nobody I would trust more than Chad to help me be the best actor I can possibly be.
Most importantly, with Chad I have always felt completely safe to explore characters, inner movements, and feelings in the process.
The only bad thing I can say about Chad is that he will absolutely ruin you for the next coach or director that comes along, since no one can come even close to his quality.

Posted Jan 8, 2019
Katie
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Chad is incredible at making you feel very comfortable while also challenging you to go beyond what you believe you can do. In every environment that I have worked with him, he has been kind, generous and inspiring. I would recommend him to anyone (young, old, beginner, advanced) in a heart beat. It has changed my life and my career to have learned from him.

Posted Dec 30, 2018
Zachary
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Chad provided excellent technique coaching in Shakespearean Acting. I had the opportunity to work with him in one on one sessions and also in a group setting. Both kinds of sessions gave me unique tools like ensable building and utilizing Shakespeare’s text along with all its double meanings. He is easily able to cater to each individual actors needs and really understands how to help break bad habits in order to allow for more growth. Along with text work, Chad provided excellent coaching in creating distinct physical shifts in the body when playing multiple characters in a show. Chad was always willing to answer any kind of questions and continued to surprise me with the ways he could shed some new light on Shakespeare’s work.

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Jordan
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Chad is awesome! He helped me so much with two new monologues I was working on (one was Shakespeare, he’s very knowledgeable in this field). Chad listens to you when you tell him the type of character you are trying to convey. All of his criticisms are constructive and kind, he really knows how to help you improve without being mean about it.

He’s also a great musician and can help with acting a song as well, I plan on going through my book with him soon.

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Elizabeth
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Chad has a warm, encouraging, and fun approach to singing lessons and coaching. He's increased my confidence and technique and has helped me on some last minute auditions as well! He's a great acting coach too, so if you're looking for vocal technique as well as performance technique, he's a great choice! I'd especially recommend him for beginners, because of his incremental and fun approach, but he has the skillset to work with more advanced students. I highly recommend him if you have an audition coming up. I've also taken some coaching sessions just to work on Shakespeare, and his knowledge on Shakespeare is impressive. I understand how to approach a Shakespeare monologue so much better now.

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Brent
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I had just met Chad briefly before we started working together. I will never forget working with him. He listens to your thoughts and needs and maintains an open line of communication all throughout his teaching process.

As an instructor, he won't stop until anywhere short of what he believes you are capable of as an actor, so when you work with him be prepared to be pushed to your potential.

Posted Dec 4, 2018

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Experience

Associate Artistic Director
Dec 2016 - Present

Shake on the Lake Shakespeare

Freelance Actor, Director, Composer, and Teacher
May 2006 - Present

Theatres around the Country

Education

MFA in Acting
Aug 2007 - Aug 2009

Penn State University

BA - Major: Theatre; Minor: Music
Aug 2002 - May 2006

University of Central Arkansas

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Dec 2014
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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