- Office Location:
- Moulton Hall 208
- California State University, Long Beach, Bachelor of Arts
California State University, Long Beach, Master of Arts in Theatre Arts
Professor Thomas F. Bradac has been a theatre professional for over forty years. Recently he adapted and staged Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis for the Prague Fringe Festival co-produced by The Prague Shakespeare Company. He is the founder of Shakespeare Orange County theatre and served as Artistic Director (1991-2013). During his tenure, SOC was recognized by Arts Orange County as Arts Organization of the Year in 2004 and received special recognition for Community Service by the Walt Disney Company that same year. He founded the Grove Shakespeare Festival (1979-1991), a two theatre Actors Equity Company, producing 110 productions and awarded the prestigious Hollywood Drama-Logue Publisher's Award for Exceptional Achievement in Theatre for his work. He is a founding director of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, an international service organization for theatres dedicated to producing Shakespeare, and has served as the organization's President. He also served on the performance advisory board for the Internet Shakespeare Editions, University of Victoria, Canada.
Professor Bradac, as chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, initiated Chapman's participation in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) and hosted the organization on campus for its 30th Annual Region XIII Festival, drawing over 1200 students from 6 western states. He received the Excellence in Education Award by KC/ACTF for his work with the Festival. Over the past twenty-five years he has directed numerous productions for the Theatre Department with Shakespeare's "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" being his most recent in 2015. Prof. Bradac annually directs the Henry Kemp Blair High School Shakespeare Theatre Festival now in its 41st year.
As an actor he has performed as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, King Lear and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and formerly a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild ( SAG).
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
The Merchant of Venice, Musco Center preview season, celebrating Shakespeare's 400 anniversary celebration. Live streamed on the internet April 23, 2016 and recorded and stored in the Leatherby digital library collection. Featuring Professor Michael Nehring as Shylock and the lighting design of Professor Don Guy, the performances took a year of planning and significant rehearsal utilizing the text from the 1623 First Folio. It was the first theatre presentation in the new center for performing arts.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark- a First Folio (1623) production of Shakespeare's seminal work. Working with student actors and professional design team. this project investigated the play by utilizing the first folio as the only source of the text for performance. February, Waltmar Theatre, 2015.
2014 Performance Actor. Bottom in SummerFest Orange County's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Opening production critically reviewed by regional and local publications June- July, 2014.
Produced and Directed Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" and "The Tragedy of Macbeth" at the Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove as part of Shakespeare Orange County's twenty second season. Both productions were critically reviewed by regional and local publications. July 15- August 31, 2013.
Produced, Directed and Adapted Shakespeare's narrative poem Venus and Adonis for the stage for the Prague Fringe Festival, June 5-9th, Prague, CZ and Aug 10-11th at Shakespeare Orange County. Also Produced Richard III for Shakespeare Orange County and Directed and Produced Much Ado About Nothing at the Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove, CA. All productions were critically reviewed both internationally and/or regionally by various publications.
Produced The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare Orange County, July 2011, Festival Amphitheatre Produced and Directed, The Complete Works of Wm Shakespeare Abridged, SOC, July/August 2011, Festival Amphitheatre Produced The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare Orange County, August 2011, Festival Amphitheatre Directed The Tragedy of Macbeth, Chapman University, February 2011, Waltmar Theatre
Produced The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare Orange County, July 2010, Festival Amphitheatre. Produced and Directed The Tragedy of King Lear, Shakespeare Orange County September, 2010, Festival Amphitheatre.