» Thomas Bradac

College of Performing Arts
Department of Theatre
Thomas Bradac
Directing and Acting Shakespeare
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.  He recently adapted and staged Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis for the Prague Fringe Festival.  Co-produced by The Prague Shakespeare Festival, the production garnered critical acclaim in the Czech Republic, most notably from the Prague Post, an English language newspaper.  He is the founder of Shakespeare Orange County (1992-2013), where he has directed and produced over 50 productions. His productions have been recognized by regional and national publications including the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Orange Coast Magazine, Backstage, LA Weekly and OC Register.  He also founded the Grove Shakespeare Festival (1979-1991), guiding it through a thirteen-season tenure where he produced and/or directed 110 productions including Cyrano De Bergerac, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Dresser, The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Quilters, Mrs. California, and The Merchant Of Venice. Tom was awarded the prestigious Hollywood Drama Logue Publisher's Award for Exceptional Achievement in Theatre for his work with Grove Shakespeare Festival, The Helena Modjeska Award for Service to Orange County, CA by OC Weekly and Kennedy Center/American College Excellence in Education Award for his teaching.  As an actor he has performed as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, among others. 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 is also on the performance advisory board for the Internet Shakespeare Editions, University of Victoria, Canada.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
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.