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Acting Teacher - Daniel Bradford

Daniel Bradford is an actor, director and head acting teacher of 'Mindful Acting'. He is also Artistic Director of critically acclaimed theatre and film production company Play With Fire Productions.

Dan's approach to teaching is one of unwavering compassion and commitment to the students he is working with.  As Sanford Meisner said, "That which hinders your task, is your task", and this is the approach he takes towards the natural psychological barriers that prevent actors from reaching their true potential, instead of shaming someone for not understanding immediately.  His perspective on acting and technique is that by integrating all other acting disciplines with the principles of Mindfulness, one can begin to truly understand what works and WHY it works for your individual mind. We can then discard the things that are unhelpful while investing further in the practical skills that lead to great acting and freedom in performance.

He regularly coaches people on not just how to get the most out of their acting, but also how to get the most out of their lives, through their relationship to acting.  He believes that the only way to lead a fully present and fulfilling life in acting is to develop a sustainable approach which takes your whole life and happiness into account, not just your external markers of career "success".

What is Mindful Acting?

Mindful Acting is an interdisciplinary technique that combines acting technique, mindfulness and humanistic psychology in order to break through personal barriers and blocks. These blocks are what inhibit actors and working professionals from being able to fully embody their authentic selves in front of others.

We believe under the right guidance and context, the experiential exercises developed by generations of actors and acting teachers can help people of all backgrounds to access their inherent presence, self-worth, creativity, vulnerability and authenticity. 

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Practical Aesthetics

What is Practical Aesthetics?

Practical Aesthetics (PA) is an acting technique developed by the director and playwright David Mamet and actor William H Macy. It was developed as an antidote to the confusing, inaccessible and shame-inducing acting approaches, often promoted in mainstream actor training. Its goal is to provide a practical approach to acting. Its ethos is simple and effective and is an essential tool for anyone who feels they have never had a truly reliable and systematic technique from which to approach any and every script.

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Mindful Acting
Mindful Acting
68 Google reviews
Elaine McNicol
Elaine McNicol
2021-03-28
Verified
Anytime I enter a rehearsal room now I use the tools that I was taught by Dan Bradford. Taking his classes completely changed, not only how I approach a text and performance but also, how I conduct myself in a rehearsal room. Not to mention the fact, that Dan is a wonderful teacher and a brilliant force to be in a rehearsal room with.
Read more
Bronte Appleby
Bronte Appleby
2021-03-26
Verified
Daniel is an extremely kind and open teacher with fantastic knowledge of what is needed to make a scene work. His focus and attention to detail is second to none and he is amazing at putting you at ease so you can reach your best potential. I can't recommend working with him enough!
Read more
Gill Powell
Gill Powell
2021-03-22
Verified
I would recommend any acting course run by Daniel. He is a professional, knowledgeable tutor with a calm, supportive manner. Daniel treats his students as individuals and encourages everyone to reach their full potential. Time is never wasted and you always feel that his sessions give value for money.
Read more
Steve Connolly
Steve Connolly
2021-03-21
Verified
I've taken numerous classes with Daniel and have learnt so much more each time. His time and professionalism is first class and I wouldn't (and will not) hesitate to go to him again.
Read more
John Jones
John Jones
2021-03-20
Verified
I was lucky enough to do a Scene Study course here a while back. Dan is a fabulous teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. I have booked another which is probably all you need to know!
Read more
Michael Cochran
Michael Cochran
2021-03-20
Verified
Loved it! Dan is amazing and I have been implementing what I learnt ever since!
Read more
Emma Haworth
Emma Haworth
2021-03-19
Verified
I did a scene study with Dan back in October 2019 and I can’t recommend enough. Dan’s insightful knowledge, advice & direction helped me enormously. The techniques I was introduced to in this scene study still inform my acting preparation today. When I started the scene study, I had low confidence in my abilities following 2 years of acting struggles since graduating Drama School (as most graduates face!). I found the classes a fun and safe space to really let go and play with the scenes, allowing me to rebuild some of my lost confidence. I think the classes re-instilled my faith in my abilities, and helped me to think about my acting more positively, particularly in relation to other areas in my life. It helped me to start developing a better mindset for navigating the industry. I can’t thank Dan enough for how much he helped me, and I know for a fact that everyone else in the class felt the same. I will definitely be booking another class in the future !
Read more
Joanna Nicks
Joanna Nicks
2021-03-19
Verified
I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants a challenge. Dan creates a safe atmosphere where you feel supported to be brave and to stay open. Exercises are tailored to each individual so you learn as much from watching others as from being directed yourself and come away with new and useful approaches.
Read more
Marie Friend
Marie Friend
2021-03-15
Verified
I completed a scene study course with Daniel and have to say this guy makes you work hard! If you're serious about acting I suggest you try this teacher out. He creates a safe space for you to make mistakes, be vulnerable and move forward in a way in which you never explored before !! Dig deep and find new ways to look at script, a character and a scene and revel in the results you will achieve !!
Read more
jessica pearson
jessica pearson
2021-03-15
Verified
After graduating from drama school, I was looking for a class that I could join that would be of that standard & thorough in its practice, something I could really get my teeth into & be able explore a character again. Daniels plethora or knowledge with good writing/plays and human behaviour was everything I could have wished for. I felt comfortable being able to explore within the space because of how the class was set up and felt extremely welcomed by the studios. There isn't a magic wand that makes you into a better actor but for you to take that journey & do the work & Daniel will help guide you to get the best out of your performance. I encourage any actor to give this 4 week Scene Study a go, it will only enhance your craft!
Read more
Mindful Acting
Mindful Acting
68 Google reviews
Elaine McNicol
Elaine McNicol
2021-03-28
Verified
Anytime I enter a rehearsal room now I use the tools that I was taught by Dan Bradford. Taking his classes completely changed, not only how I approach a text and performance but also, how I conduct myself in a rehearsal room. Not to mention the fact, that Dan is a wonderful teacher and a brilliant force to be in a rehearsal room with.
Read more
Bronte Appleby
Bronte Appleby
2021-03-26
Verified
Daniel is an extremely kind and open teacher with fantastic knowledge of what is needed to make a scene work. His focus and attention to detail is second to none and he is amazing at putting you at ease so you can reach your best potential. I can't recommend working with him enough!
Read more
Gill Powell
Gill Powell
2021-03-22
Verified
I would recommend any acting course run by Daniel. He is a professional, knowledgeable tutor with a calm, supportive manner. Daniel treats his students as individuals and encourages everyone to reach their full potential. Time is never wasted and you always feel that his sessions give value for money.
Read more
Steve Connolly
Steve Connolly
2021-03-21
Verified
I've taken numerous classes with Daniel and have learnt so much more each time. His time and professionalism is first class and I wouldn't (and will not) hesitate to go to him again.
Read more
John Jones
John Jones
2021-03-20
Verified
I was lucky enough to do a Scene Study course here a while back. Dan is a fabulous teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. I have booked another which is probably all you need to know!
Read more
Michael Cochran
Michael Cochran
2021-03-20
Verified
Loved it! Dan is amazing and I have been implementing what I learnt ever since!
Read more
Emma Haworth
Emma Haworth
2021-03-19
Verified
I did a scene study with Dan back in October 2019 and I can’t recommend enough. Dan’s insightful knowledge, advice & direction helped me enormously. The techniques I was introduced to in this scene study still inform my acting preparation today. When I started the scene study, I had low confidence in my abilities following 2 years of acting struggles since graduating Drama School (as most graduates face!). I found the classes a fun and safe space to really let go and play with the scenes, allowing me to rebuild some of my lost confidence. I think the classes re-instilled my faith in my abilities, and helped me to think about my acting more positively, particularly in relation to other areas in my life. It helped me to start developing a better mindset for navigating the industry. I can’t thank Dan enough for how much he helped me, and I know for a fact that everyone else in the class felt the same. I will definitely be booking another class in the future !
Read more
Joanna Nicks
Joanna Nicks
2021-03-19
Verified
I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants a challenge. Dan creates a safe atmosphere where you feel supported to be brave and to stay open. Exercises are tailored to each individual so you learn as much from watching others as from being directed yourself and come away with new and useful approaches.
Read more
Marie Friend
Marie Friend
2021-03-15
Verified
I completed a scene study course with Daniel and have to say this guy makes you work hard! If you're serious about acting I suggest you try this teacher out. He creates a safe space for you to make mistakes, be vulnerable and move forward in a way in which you never explored before !! Dig deep and find new ways to look at script, a character and a scene and revel in the results you will achieve !!
Read more
jessica pearson
jessica pearson
2021-03-15
Verified
After graduating from drama school, I was looking for a class that I could join that would be of that standard & thorough in its practice, something I could really get my teeth into & be able explore a character again. Daniels plethora or knowledge with good writing/plays and human behaviour was everything I could have wished for. I felt comfortable being able to explore within the space because of how the class was set up and felt extremely welcomed by the studios. There isn't a magic wand that makes you into a better actor but for you to take that journey & do the work & Daniel will help guide you to get the best out of your performance. I encourage any actor to give this 4 week Scene Study a go, it will only enhance your craft!
Read more
Mindful Acting
Mindful Acting
68 Google reviews
Elaine McNicol
Elaine McNicol
2021-03-28
Verified
Anytime I enter a rehearsal room now I use the tools that I was taught by Dan Bradford. Taking his classes completely changed, not only how I approach a text and performance but also, how I conduct myself in a rehearsal room. Not to mention the fact, that Dan is a wonderful teacher and a brilliant force to be in a rehearsal room with.
Read more
Bronte Appleby
Bronte Appleby
2021-03-26
Verified
Daniel is an extremely kind and open teacher with fantastic knowledge of what is needed to make a scene work. His focus and attention to detail is second to none and he is amazing at putting you at ease so you can reach your best potential. I can't recommend working with him enough!
Read more
Gill Powell
Gill Powell
2021-03-22
Verified
I would recommend any acting course run by Daniel. He is a professional, knowledgeable tutor with a calm, supportive manner. Daniel treats his students as individuals and encourages everyone to reach their full potential. Time is never wasted and you always feel that his sessions give value for money.
Read more
Steve Connolly
Steve Connolly
2021-03-21
Verified
I've taken numerous classes with Daniel and have learnt so much more each time. His time and professionalism is first class and I wouldn't (and will not) hesitate to go to him again.
Read more
John Jones
John Jones
2021-03-20
Verified
I was lucky enough to do a Scene Study course here a while back. Dan is a fabulous teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. I have booked another which is probably all you need to know!
Read more
Michael Cochran
Michael Cochran
2021-03-20
Verified
Loved it! Dan is amazing and I have been implementing what I learnt ever since!
Read more
Emma Haworth
Emma Haworth
2021-03-19
Verified
I did a scene study with Dan back in October 2019 and I can’t recommend enough. Dan’s insightful knowledge, advice & direction helped me enormously. The techniques I was introduced to in this scene study still inform my acting preparation today. When I started the scene study, I had low confidence in my abilities following 2 years of acting struggles since graduating Drama School (as most graduates face!). I found the classes a fun and safe space to really let go and play with the scenes, allowing me to rebuild some of my lost confidence. I think the classes re-instilled my faith in my abilities, and helped me to think about my acting more positively, particularly in relation to other areas in my life. It helped me to start developing a better mindset for navigating the industry. I can’t thank Dan enough for how much he helped me, and I know for a fact that everyone else in the class felt the same. I will definitely be booking another class in the future !
Read more
Joanna Nicks
Joanna Nicks
2021-03-19
Verified
I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants a challenge. Dan creates a safe atmosphere where you feel supported to be brave and to stay open. Exercises are tailored to each individual so you learn as much from watching others as from being directed yourself and come away with new and useful approaches.
Read more
Marie Friend
Marie Friend
2021-03-15
Verified
I completed a scene study course with Daniel and have to say this guy makes you work hard! If you're serious about acting I suggest you try this teacher out. He creates a safe space for you to make mistakes, be vulnerable and move forward in a way in which you never explored before !! Dig deep and find new ways to look at script, a character and a scene and revel in the results you will achieve !!
Read more
jessica pearson
jessica pearson
2021-03-15
Verified
After graduating from drama school, I was looking for a class that I could join that would be of that standard & thorough in its practice, something I could really get my teeth into & be able explore a character again. Daniels plethora or knowledge with good writing/plays and human behaviour was everything I could have wished for. I felt comfortable being able to explore within the space because of how the class was set up and felt extremely welcomed by the studios. There isn't a magic wand that makes you into a better actor but for you to take that journey & do the work & Daniel will help guide you to get the best out of your performance. I encourage any actor to give this 4 week Scene Study a go, it will only enhance your craft!
Read more