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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
120 Google reviews
Vanessa Rose
Vanessa Rose
2024-06-28
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
I love Dan's mindful acting classes so much! I did the onscreen acting course this month and there was so much to learn about being present and listening to your screen partner/ partners. Dan makes you feel comfortable to try new things and to test the boundaries. His classes give you the chance to free your inhibitions and to let go of anything that is holding you back from becoming an amazing actor. Which will ultimately make you more confident. I can't recommend Dan's classes enough and I will definitely be returning! Thank you so much Dan!
Jennifer Small
Jennifer Small
2024-06-16
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
I’ve been attending group acting classes for around 5 months. I find them really useful in day to day life and for confidence. It feels like a safe space with a lovely group of people. I definitely recommend!
Celica Rose
Celica Rose
2024-06-13
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
Dan is friendly and the lessons are helpful. I definitely recommend Mindful Acting to others!
Vicky
Vicky
2024-06-03
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
Love these classes, they strike the perfect balance of being supportive and challenging. Dan's unique approach to acting (and life) allows each actor to discover what works for them!
Maria Wilson
Maria Wilson
2024-03-27
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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!
Mindful Acting - Manchester
Mindful Acting - Manchester
120 Google reviews
Vanessa Rose
Vanessa Rose
2024-06-28
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
I love Dan's mindful acting classes so much! I did the onscreen acting course this month and there was so much to learn about being present and listening to your screen partner/ partners. Dan makes you feel comfortable to try new things and to test the boundaries. His classes give you the chance to free your inhibitions and to let go of anything that is holding you back from becoming an amazing actor. Which will ultimately make you more confident. I can't recommend Dan's classes enough and I will definitely be returning! Thank you so much Dan!
Jennifer Small
Jennifer Small
2024-06-16
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
I’ve been attending group acting classes for around 5 months. I find them really useful in day to day life and for confidence. It feels like a safe space with a lovely group of people. I definitely recommend!
Celica Rose
Celica Rose
2024-06-13
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
Dan is friendly and the lessons are helpful. I definitely recommend Mindful Acting to others!
Vicky
Vicky
2024-06-03
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
Love these classes, they strike the perfect balance of being supportive and challenging. Dan's unique approach to acting (and life) allows each actor to discover what works for them!
Maria Wilson
Maria Wilson
2024-03-27
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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!
Mindful Acting - Manchester
Mindful Acting - Manchester
120 Google reviews
Vanessa Rose
Vanessa Rose
2024-06-28
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
I love Dan's mindful acting classes so much! I did the onscreen acting course this month and there was so much to learn about being present and listening to your screen partner/ partners. Dan makes you feel comfortable to try new things and to test the boundaries. His classes give you the chance to free your inhibitions and to let go of anything that is holding you back from becoming an amazing actor. Which will ultimately make you more confident. I can't recommend Dan's classes enough and I will definitely be returning! Thank you so much Dan!
Jennifer Small
Jennifer Small
2024-06-16
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
I’ve been attending group acting classes for around 5 months. I find them really useful in day to day life and for confidence. It feels like a safe space with a lovely group of people. I definitely recommend!
Celica Rose
Celica Rose
2024-06-13
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
Dan is friendly and the lessons are helpful. I definitely recommend Mindful Acting to others!
Vicky
Vicky
2024-06-03
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
Love these classes, they strike the perfect balance of being supportive and challenging. Dan's unique approach to acting (and life) allows each actor to discover what works for them!
Maria Wilson
Maria Wilson
2024-03-27
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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
Trustindex verifies that the original source of the review is Google.
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!