Over his career, Chad has become a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, guitar, ukelele, bass, melodica, and his favorite, the kazoo. This has allowed Chad to compose music for a variety of professional productions.
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Thoughout high school and college, Chad worked with many different local children’s groups, teaching as well as acting. In grad school at Penn State, Chad taught his own undergraduate acting classes. Since then, he has been a guest artist/teaching artist for the American Shakespeare Center (in conjunction with the Hathaway Brown School, Cleveland, OH), the University of North Texas (in conjunction with Nebraska Theatre Caravan), Shake on the Lake Shakespeare Festival, the Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company, and the Arkansas Arts Center. Most recently, Chad was a Guest Director and Guest Lecturer for the University of Central Arkansas, teaching performance classes and directing the mainstage production.
Most recently, Chad adapted, directed, and composed music for a coproduction with Shake on the Lake Shakespeare and the Arkansas Shakespeare of TWELFTH NIGHT, which toured to nearly 30 towns over 3 states. Other new works: BOBO’S FIRST CHRISTMAS, ROAD TO THEBES, and THE HALLOWEEN SHOW with the Vagabond Theatre Company, a new adaptation of DR. FAUSTUS with the Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company, and an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, at the Arkansas Arts Center entitled, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SUPERSTAR. Chad has also had his work published. He and collaborator Bob May wrote JACK AND BELLA, FROM BEANSTALK TO BROADWAY, published by Heuer Publishing.
- “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
- “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 @Farmersalleytheatre.com
- “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
- “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 @Farmersalleytheatre.com
- “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.”
-Shakespeareances.com, MACBETH @AmericanShakespeareCenter.com
- " . . .the Duke, played exceptionally by Chad Bradford."
-Midatlantictraveler.com, MEASURE FOR MEASURE @AmericanShakespeareCenter.com
- “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.”
-Shakespeareances.com, MEASURE FOR MEASURE @AmericanShakespeareCenter.com
- " . . . Chad Bradford’s Poor Tom is hysterical and so believable, and threatens to steal the show!"
-LogCabinDemocrat.com, KING LEAR @Arkshakes.com
- “Chad Bradford expresses the character’s physicality well and brings a sweetness to his performance.”
-The Daily Nonpareil, LITTLE WOMEN @Omaha Playhouse/Nebraska Theatre Caravan
- “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 played expertly with dramatic irony, keeping up his ebullient performance long after the audience had seen Lexie Braverman’s Bianca entrapped."
-Peter Kirwan, University of Nottingham, WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN @American Shakespeare Center
- "What’s wonderful about Chad is that he’s such a versatile actor. He really gets the language in Shakespeare. He knows how to speak it; he knows how to tell the stories; he knows how we like to work.”
-Josh Rice, Producing Artistic Director, Shake on the Lake Shakespeare Festival
Chad currently resides in New York City.