ADVOCACY

management/producing

Brad has over a decade of working in the arts as a producer, editor, production manager, advocate, and consultant. 

Brad is the founder and project leader for ASCENDING, a digital magazine and platform showcasing the work of emerging theatre designers. He has served as both the layout editor and international editor of  Blue Pages, the magazine of the Society of British Theatre Designers. He also co-edited two books (one on the history of PQ and one on the life and work of Lubos Hruza) with the Czech Arts & Theatre Institute.

Brad is the resident designer at Chicago Fringe Opera, a role in which he also works in development securing sustaining support for production and serves on the artistic direction committee, working closely with Artistic Director George Cederquist to develop future direction of the company. 

Brad has presented workshops and lectures at number of international symposia including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the International Shakespeare Association Conference, OISTAT, USITT, and SETC covering topics including collaboration, ethics of curation, designs role in theatre making, and portfolios in the modern industry. He also delivers workshops and masterclasses regularly at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, engaging with students on a variety of topics and digital skills while supporting their development as emerging artists. 

Brad was the Programs Coordinator of PQ 2019, managing the curation and organizing a program of the world's largest festival of performance design and space, including over 1000 events over 11 days from 72 countries.

Before moving to Prague, Brad was the Box Office & Marketing Manager for Uptown Underground, Chicago's premiere retrotainment venue located in Uptown's entertainment district hosting burlesque, cabaret, jazz, magic, variety, and special events.

As the Business Manager of The University of Alabama Opera Theatre, Brad supported course leader/director Paul Houghtaling in rebuilding a nationally recognized program, including branding and starting a fundraising engine that now generates over $100k annually. 

Brad has enjoyed a decade long relationship with Theatre Tuscaloosa, designing 2 shows and working early in his career as a house manager while organizing a number of programs for high school students connecting them with mentors and university students. 

 

In adjacent fields, Brad has also worked as the Programs Coordinator for the UA Women & Gender Resource Center, managing partnerships and administering budgets/grants to deliver a wide range of community projects. He  also has led two community consultancy teams, one  creating a sustainable model for a clay co-op and another  accessing  sustainability practices on  large Division 1 research university campus.  He also has experience organizing successful philanthropic projects, including charity golf tournaments, galas, concerts, wine tastings, and other events. He was also the Marketing Lead (GTA) for The University of Alabama's Career Center, developing  and implementing both internal and external strategies aimed at students and potential employers respectively.

As an undergraduate, Brad was selected for a 4 year research assistant position, working with Dr. James Cashman to investigate best management practices within arts organizations and the world's oldest companies.