“The jokes and puns started within minutes, with Chad Bradford taking the stage.  […] Bradford played a delightfully melodramatic Romeo with relish… The actors worked their audience well, eliciting chuckles from every age as they lovingly poked fun at one of Shakespeare’s most prized plays.”

-The Country Courier, COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED @Shake on the Lake Shakespeare

“Bradford’s mischievous yet sweet bass voice oozes charisma. Yet, his cunning and guile is firmly underpinned by a sharp sense of humor. He’s the heart of the show.”

-Theatre Jones, THE FANTASTICKS @Eisemann Center, Dallas, TX

“Where [the play] succeeds, it mostly involves the excellent physical comic abilities of Chad Bradford in the title role.”

-Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, PUSS IN BOOTS, @Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

“Chad Bradford brings humor and likability, plus a lovely tenor voice, to awkward Professor Bhaer.”

-Omaha World Herald, LITTLE WOMEN @Omaha Playhouse/Nebraska Theatre Caravan

“The cast was perfect. Chad Bradford, as El Gallo, […] has a warm, sumptuous baritone and a commanding presence.”

-Reading Eagle, THE FANTASTICKS @Miller Center, Reading, PA

"New York actor Chad Bradford comes closest to accessing Cash’s deep sound, and his theatrical take on “A Boy Named Sue” is a definite highlight. His country sound and bass range anchor several numbers."

-Encore Michigan, RING OF FIRE

“Bradford’s rendition of the classic “A Boy Named Sue,” written by poet Shel Silverstein, was excellent. Bradford was able to make the song his own. Bradford’s bass vocals in “Daddy Sang Bass” showed an excellent range . . .” 

-Western Herald, RING OF FIRE

“El Gallo, who was played by Chad Bradford, provided one of the strongest performances of the cast. His musical performances were strong, his on-stage presence played well along with the other characters, and his overall envelopment into the persona of El Gallo really brought a sense of trepidation for the fate of Matt and Lusia.”

-Western Herald, FANTASTICKS @Miller Center, Kalamazoo, MI, by Micheal Bond

“. . .  the play took an effective turn into the Tragedy of Macduff . . . Bradford’s Macduff never showed a glint of satisfaction; for him, none can ever be had . . . In such hands as  [Bradford’s], we can see how the scene is a vital part of Shakespeare’s plot.”, MACBETH

 " . . . [Bradford] is the best thing about the second half of the show."

-Center Daily Times, THE APPLE TREE @Pennsylvania Center Stage

" . . .the Duke, played exceptionally by Chad Bradford.", MEASURE FOR MEASURE

“His [Bradford’s] singing and his speaking voice was superb.”

-The Daily Nonpareil, THE FANTASTICKS, @Iowa Western, Council Bluffs, Iowa 

 “All of these portrayals of one of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic characters seemed “definitive” when I saw them. Then came this definitive but totally different portrayal by Chad Bradford . . . Bradford was endearingly goofy as he unconvincingly tried to play the part of a priest, twirling his crucifix and giving Juliet a resounding smack on the forehead when he blessed her.”, MEASURE FOR MEASURE

" . . . Chad Bradford’s Poor Tom is hysterical and so believable, and threatens to steal the show!", KING LEAR


Theatre reviews for actor Chad Bradford



—Couldn’t be prouder to be named to the Creative Class of 2016 by Little Rock Culture Vulture, Scott Whiteley Carter.  Click here to read more.

—THE LIAR, directed by Chad Bradford, opens on the University of Central Arkansas Mainstage on Oct. 20.  Click here for more details.

—UCA Honor’s College hosts Chad Bradford during their Challenge Week, which includes speakers from around the country.  Chad will be speaking about his project Voices UnCaged under the week’s theme of mass incarceration.  October 7, 3:00 pm, UCA.  Click here for more details.

—TWELFTH NIGHT begins the AST Fall season at The Lantern Theatre in downtown Conway!  Click here for more details.



FALL 2016

—The Fall is full of directing.  TWELFTH NIGHT remounts with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre for a Fall run.  

—Up next in directing:  Rehearsals begin soon for David Ives’ “transladaptation” of THE LIAR on the mainstage for UCA Theatre.


—Big summer ahead! A new season of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre begins.  Acting in WEST SIDE STORY and MIDSUMMER and directing TWELFTH NIGHT as a co-production with Shake on the Lake Shakespeare in New York.




—Thrilled to be back at the American Shakespeare Center and Blackfriar’s Playhouse for the Actors’ Renaissance Season.  Great roles in five wonderful plays: THE TEMPEST, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, THE SEA VOYAGE, and LOVE FOR LOVE.


—Back on the road with the National Tour of A CHRISTMAS CAROL!


—BIG NEWS: Named a Creative Community Fellow through National Arts Stategies!  One of 50 chosen from all over the world.  Check out the Press Release.


—New podcast interview: BEFORE THEY PERFORMED.  Topics include touring, learning, and the Prison theatre project, Voices Uncaged, through the Creative Community Fellows and National Arts Stategies.


—The much anticipated podcast series, LIMETOWN, has been released.  Had a great time recording this one.  Check it out here: LIMETOWN.

—Another Shake on the Lake is in the books and THE TEMPEST was a great success.  


 —Just closed another wonderful season of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.  Next week, rehearsals begin for THE TEMPEST at Shake on the Lake.

MARCH 2015

—Casting news: SINS OF THE FATHER a new short film, in the role of Ben.


—Back in Omaha with LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL and the great folks at the Omaha Playhouse and the Nebraska Theatre Caravan.  


 —On the road again with the national tour of A CHRISTMAS CAROL!  Click here for our schedule!


 —Closed A MARE IN THE MEN’S ROOM – Off-Broadway to great responses: “Our Queen extraordinaire Clair De Lune, played with Rocky Horror-esque relish by Chad Bradford” (nytheatre now, Everett Goldner). notice here.




 —Thrilled to announce casting for two projects.  Off-Broadway debut in A MARE IN THE MEN’S ROOM by David Kimble and a multi-media project for Five14.  Very grateful!


—Just closed MIDSUMMER for Shake on the Lake Shakespeare.  What a beautiful experience!

JULY 2014

—Wonderfull to see old friends and make new ones during the reading/work session of the new musical “BLoom.” 

—New trailer for CATCH-EM LANE is up!  Take a look here!

—Pre-production for MIDSUMMER.  Rehearsals start next week!


—New trailer for CATCH-EM LANE is up!  Take a look here!

—Had a great time working on the new TV pilot CATCH-EM LANE.  Look for it coming to a channel in your area soon!  And take a peek at the new demo reel just uploaded to the  VIDEOS section!

—Just finished voicing the role of “Kyle” for the new fictional podcast series LIMETOWN due out later this year.

—Prepping Midsummer.  Can’t wait to be in Silver Lake!

MARCH 2014

—Check out the new VIDEOS section of the site with stage and screen clips! 


—On the road with THE FANTASTICKS and having a great time!

—Check out the new article on about The National Tour of THE FANTASTICKS: click here!




—Just finished RING OF FIRE with the Famers Alley Theatre.  What a great time with ‘The Man in Black’!  

—Up next, beginning rehearsals for Ray Cooney’s classic RUN FOR YOU WIFE and directing THE SANTALAND DIARIES for Sonoma Valley Shakespeare and Vagabond Theatre Company.



—Starting rehearsals for RING OF FIRE in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

—Just finished up a hilarious and rewarding run of COMEDY OF ERRORS at Shake on the Lake!



JULY 2013

—After finishing up one of the most rewarding seasons of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre yet, preparations and rehearsals begin for the second annual Shake on the Lake Shakespeare Festival in Silver Lake, New York.

—One more summer in the books teaching for the Summer Theatre Academy at the Arkansas Arts Center.

 Chad Bradford Photo: Wyoming Free Press Jo and Prof. Bhaer in LITTLE WOMEN A CHRISTMAS CAROL, photo: Nebraska Theatre Caravan THE TEMPEST, ASC by Miscellaneous Media

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