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 "The Merchant of Venice" his most recent in 2016, the first Theatre offering in the new Musco Center. Prof. Bradac annually directs the Henry Kemp Blair High School Shakespeare Theatre Festival now in its 42nd 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).