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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?

At Mindful Acting, we don't just see wellbeing as something separate to acting to help with stress management, but as integral to the very craft of acting itself. We learn how to integrate mindfulness and actor training the same way voice and movement are integrated. Here we teach mindfulness as it was originally intended; not as a bandaid, but as a pathway to emotional, psychological, and physical freedom.

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 - Manchester
Mindful Acting - Manchester
116 Google reviews
Maria Wilson
Maria Wilson
2024-03-27
Dan is an absolutely amazing teacher. Every class we start of with meditation which is calming and also helps you focus on what’s important. Dan also explains the psychology behind our thoughts which is really helpful to work through your brains wiring. His classes are interactive, extremely informative and useful. You can implement each skill into personal, work as well as acting life. Each time I leave the lesson, I feel set for the week ahead and it really helps me get into a positive state of mind overall. Dan makes it so you have the freedom to do whatever you would like to do, helping you express yourself which is really nice when coming into a class. The classes are great if you are just starting up, starting over or just want to build your confidence and self awareness skills overall. I can’t thank Dan enough for being such an amazing, talented and calm teacher. I am really looking forward to carrying on the lessons.
Daniel Glynn
Daniel Glynn
2024-03-16
Mindful acting is a great school! Dan is warm, friendly and supportive. The content is super useful and can be used for both performances and in life. Take the leap and check him out, you won’t regret it!
Victor Rodrigues
Victor Rodrigues
2024-03-05
I recently completed an on-camera scene study course, and it was an absolute game-changer for my acting skills. Under the guidance of our instructor, Daniel, I experienced significant growth and improvement in my craft. Daniel's wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of acting shone through in every session. His insightful feedback and constructive criticism helped me refine my technique and approach to on-camera acting. Overall, I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to enhance their on-camera acting skills.
Icey You
Icey You
2024-03-03
I had a fantastic experience learning here. Dan is such a wise person and a wonderful teacher who truly respects every single student and teaches based on their current level of skills. The classes here are always in such a great atmosphere that everyone can feel welcomed and safe. Emotions are valued here, and you are allowed to just be yourself. I learned so much from Dan and his class and met many great people here. I really look forward to every session.
Nathan Udoh
Nathan Udoh
2024-02-27
Dan’s classes are a calm time and space in a non-judgemental setting to explore my mind, how I think and learn new techniques about how to be mindful. I couldn’t recommend Dan and his expertise enough, as the mindfulness meditation he leads the group in, is the foundation for all the acting he teaches me about. First, for me, is to become a better version of myself through bringing authenticity, then I can be myself in my acting. Dan is friendly, approachable and highly skilled with tonnes of knowledge and acting techniques I learn from every week.
Sam Higgins
Sam Higgins
2024-02-06
I absolutely love this class, whether you want solid acting training or you want to explore mindfulness with an experienced guide, this is the place for you. There is never any judgement or pretentiousness. I always walk away from the class with a broader mind than when I walked in. Love it!
Connor Townsend
Connor Townsend
2024-01-27
Actually, Dan puts you in a state of ease, clarity and buoyancy. Beginning the session with a light meditation places you in your mind for observation but immediately into the room, then, for some honest and personal acting practices. The only mistake I’ve made in this situation was not getting involved sooner. Watch for your first time if you must, though getting stuck in right away will host no regrets. Only a hunger for more. Dan is sensitive to what makes a good actor, he is sensitive to the complex workings of the mind. To be in his company is to be in good hands. You will see for yourself what kind of actor you want to be, merely by just hearing his words of wisdom! Props to the man, it ain’t a bad two hours at all!
Negin Karimi
Negin Karimi
2024-01-14
I’ve been to 2 of Dan’s classes so far and I’m looking forward to coming along to more - love the mindful techniques
Karis Crimson
Karis Crimson
2023-12-19
Dan is amazing! I was at a bit of a loss as to how to rebuild my confidence after drama school and finding Dan and Mindful Acting could not have been a better solution! Every class pushes you to be better and kinder to yourself. Scene study, weekly drop ins and one to one all have the same level of structure and professionalism. It is truly a safe space to explore and create!
Samantha
Samantha
2023-12-03
Dan is an excellent teacher. And the environment is extremely welcoming. I have only been to one session so far, but would definitely recommend.
Mindful Acting - Manchester
Mindful Acting - Manchester
116 Google reviews
Maria Wilson
Maria Wilson
2024-03-27
Dan is an absolutely amazing teacher. Every class we start of with meditation which is calming and also helps you focus on what’s important. Dan also explains the psychology behind our thoughts which is really helpful to work through your brains wiring. His classes are interactive, extremely informative and useful. You can implement each skill into personal, work as well as acting life. Each time I leave the lesson, I feel set for the week ahead and it really helps me get into a positive state of mind overall. Dan makes it so you have the freedom to do whatever you would like to do, helping you express yourself which is really nice when coming into a class. The classes are great if you are just starting up, starting over or just want to build your confidence and self awareness skills overall. I can’t thank Dan enough for being such an amazing, talented and calm teacher. I am really looking forward to carrying on the lessons.
Daniel Glynn
Daniel Glynn
2024-03-16
Mindful acting is a great school! Dan is warm, friendly and supportive. The content is super useful and can be used for both performances and in life. Take the leap and check him out, you won’t regret it!
Victor Rodrigues
Victor Rodrigues
2024-03-05
I recently completed an on-camera scene study course, and it was an absolute game-changer for my acting skills. Under the guidance of our instructor, Daniel, I experienced significant growth and improvement in my craft. Daniel's wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of acting shone through in every session. His insightful feedback and constructive criticism helped me refine my technique and approach to on-camera acting. Overall, I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to enhance their on-camera acting skills.
Icey You
Icey You
2024-03-03
I had a fantastic experience learning here. Dan is such a wise person and a wonderful teacher who truly respects every single student and teaches based on their current level of skills. The classes here are always in such a great atmosphere that everyone can feel welcomed and safe. Emotions are valued here, and you are allowed to just be yourself. I learned so much from Dan and his class and met many great people here. I really look forward to every session.
Nathan Udoh
Nathan Udoh
2024-02-27
Dan’s classes are a calm time and space in a non-judgemental setting to explore my mind, how I think and learn new techniques about how to be mindful. I couldn’t recommend Dan and his expertise enough, as the mindfulness meditation he leads the group in, is the foundation for all the acting he teaches me about. First, for me, is to become a better version of myself through bringing authenticity, then I can be myself in my acting. Dan is friendly, approachable and highly skilled with tonnes of knowledge and acting techniques I learn from every week.
Sam Higgins
Sam Higgins
2024-02-06
I absolutely love this class, whether you want solid acting training or you want to explore mindfulness with an experienced guide, this is the place for you. There is never any judgement or pretentiousness. I always walk away from the class with a broader mind than when I walked in. Love it!
Connor Townsend
Connor Townsend
2024-01-27
Actually, Dan puts you in a state of ease, clarity and buoyancy. Beginning the session with a light meditation places you in your mind for observation but immediately into the room, then, for some honest and personal acting practices. The only mistake I’ve made in this situation was not getting involved sooner. Watch for your first time if you must, though getting stuck in right away will host no regrets. Only a hunger for more. Dan is sensitive to what makes a good actor, he is sensitive to the complex workings of the mind. To be in his company is to be in good hands. You will see for yourself what kind of actor you want to be, merely by just hearing his words of wisdom! Props to the man, it ain’t a bad two hours at all!
Negin Karimi
Negin Karimi
2024-01-14
I’ve been to 2 of Dan’s classes so far and I’m looking forward to coming along to more - love the mindful techniques
Karis Crimson
Karis Crimson
2023-12-19
Dan is amazing! I was at a bit of a loss as to how to rebuild my confidence after drama school and finding Dan and Mindful Acting could not have been a better solution! Every class pushes you to be better and kinder to yourself. Scene study, weekly drop ins and one to one all have the same level of structure and professionalism. It is truly a safe space to explore and create!
Samantha
Samantha
2023-12-03
Dan is an excellent teacher. And the environment is extremely welcoming. I have only been to one session so far, but would definitely recommend.
Mindful Acting - Manchester
Mindful Acting - Manchester
116 Google reviews
Maria Wilson
Maria Wilson
2024-03-27
Dan is an absolutely amazing teacher. Every class we start of with meditation which is calming and also helps you focus on what’s important. Dan also explains the psychology behind our thoughts which is really helpful to work through your brains wiring. His classes are interactive, extremely informative and useful. You can implement each skill into personal, work as well as acting life. Each time I leave the lesson, I feel set for the week ahead and it really helps me get into a positive state of mind overall. Dan makes it so you have the freedom to do whatever you would like to do, helping you express yourself which is really nice when coming into a class. The classes are great if you are just starting up, starting over or just want to build your confidence and self awareness skills overall. I can’t thank Dan enough for being such an amazing, talented and calm teacher. I am really looking forward to carrying on the lessons.
Daniel Glynn
Daniel Glynn
2024-03-16
Mindful acting is a great school! Dan is warm, friendly and supportive. The content is super useful and can be used for both performances and in life. Take the leap and check him out, you won’t regret it!
Victor Rodrigues
Victor Rodrigues
2024-03-05
I recently completed an on-camera scene study course, and it was an absolute game-changer for my acting skills. Under the guidance of our instructor, Daniel, I experienced significant growth and improvement in my craft. Daniel's wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of acting shone through in every session. His insightful feedback and constructive criticism helped me refine my technique and approach to on-camera acting. Overall, I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to enhance their on-camera acting skills.
Icey You
Icey You
2024-03-03
I had a fantastic experience learning here. Dan is such a wise person and a wonderful teacher who truly respects every single student and teaches based on their current level of skills. The classes here are always in such a great atmosphere that everyone can feel welcomed and safe. Emotions are valued here, and you are allowed to just be yourself. I learned so much from Dan and his class and met many great people here. I really look forward to every session.
Nathan Udoh
Nathan Udoh
2024-02-27
Dan’s classes are a calm time and space in a non-judgemental setting to explore my mind, how I think and learn new techniques about how to be mindful. I couldn’t recommend Dan and his expertise enough, as the mindfulness meditation he leads the group in, is the foundation for all the acting he teaches me about. First, for me, is to become a better version of myself through bringing authenticity, then I can be myself in my acting. Dan is friendly, approachable and highly skilled with tonnes of knowledge and acting techniques I learn from every week.
Sam Higgins
Sam Higgins
2024-02-06
I absolutely love this class, whether you want solid acting training or you want to explore mindfulness with an experienced guide, this is the place for you. There is never any judgement or pretentiousness. I always walk away from the class with a broader mind than when I walked in. Love it!
Connor Townsend
Connor Townsend
2024-01-27
Actually, Dan puts you in a state of ease, clarity and buoyancy. Beginning the session with a light meditation places you in your mind for observation but immediately into the room, then, for some honest and personal acting practices. The only mistake I’ve made in this situation was not getting involved sooner. Watch for your first time if you must, though getting stuck in right away will host no regrets. Only a hunger for more. Dan is sensitive to what makes a good actor, he is sensitive to the complex workings of the mind. To be in his company is to be in good hands. You will see for yourself what kind of actor you want to be, merely by just hearing his words of wisdom! Props to the man, it ain’t a bad two hours at all!
Negin Karimi
Negin Karimi
2024-01-14
I’ve been to 2 of Dan’s classes so far and I’m looking forward to coming along to more - love the mindful techniques
Karis Crimson
Karis Crimson
2023-12-19
Dan is amazing! I was at a bit of a loss as to how to rebuild my confidence after drama school and finding Dan and Mindful Acting could not have been a better solution! Every class pushes you to be better and kinder to yourself. Scene study, weekly drop ins and one to one all have the same level of structure and professionalism. It is truly a safe space to explore and create!
Samantha
Samantha
2023-12-03
Dan is an excellent teacher. And the environment is extremely welcoming. I have only been to one session so far, but would definitely recommend.