May 6, 2010

More About Brad McEntire

Brad McEntire

The Whole Deal

This site will mostly encompass Brad's professional and creative endeavors. This mostly means his theatre work and some of his visual art pursuits. 

Here's a more extensive biography.

Born and raised in Texas, Brad McEntire served from 1999 to 2006 as the founding Artistic Director of theatre group Audacity ProductionsSince 2008 he has been the Artistic Director of Audacity Theatre Lab. He holds a BFA in Theatre and Performance Arts from New Mexico's College of Santa Fe and a Master's degree in Playwriting from Texas Woman's University.

Brad served as the Literary Manager at the Undermain Theatre in Dallas (2007-2010). He was an original member of the DFW Playwrights' Allianceis a sometimes member of UNIMA-USAthe Applied Improvisation NetworkThe Playwrights Center of Minneapolis and a former company member with Dallas' innovative (and now sadly defunct) Our Endeavors Theater Collective.

He is an alumnus of Directors Lab West (2004) and the Chicago Directors Lab (2009). He was also a performer, director, resident playwright and instructor with Plano Children's Theatre where he worked intermittently as part of their Professional Touring Series for nearly a decade.

Brad is a veteran of several sketch and improvisational comedy troupes including Estranged Bedfellows (NM), Molotov Cockroach (NYC), The French Club Dropouts and the Mild Dementia Continuous-Play Variety Hour (both of Dallas, TX). He also performed with the improv group The Victims and, up until 2015, one half of the infamous rarely-seen comedy duo Fun Grip (with Jeff Swearingen as the other half).

Brad studied shadow puppetry informally at Hong Kong's Ming Ri Institute of Puppetry and mask performance technique with international teacher/performer Hoi ChiuOver the last several years Brad has worked with New York-based puppet artists Chris Green, Erin Orr and Lake Simmons, in particular as part of Ft. Worth's Hip Pocket Theatre's Annual Cowtown Puppetry Festival.


Brad has trained in European style contemporary clowning with Texan' Jeffry Farrell, Tom Greder of the Nouveau Clown Institute, and Spain's Andreu Segura (of l'Escola de Pallassos MallorClown). Brad has also had a healthy dose of American circus-style clowning, training with Barry "Grandma" Lubin, Mark Gindick and John "Mr. Fish" Lepiarz of Big Apple Circus, Tiffany Riley and Dick Monday (former Director of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College) as well as Larry Pisoni (Founder of the Pickle Family Circus) at the NY Goofs.

Though mostly self-taught as an improviser, Brad has participated in improv workshops with the likes of Charna Halpern (ImprovOlympic), Asaf Ronen (YesAnd.com), Andy Eninger (Second City, Chicago/ Creator of Sybil) Jill Bernard (Drum Machine) and Joe Bill (Annoyance Theatre, Chicago/Creator of Bassprov).

As an commercial actor, Brad has appeared in commercials for FedEx, SuperPages, First Choice Power, Piccadilly Restaurants and Apex Trucking. He was represented by the Mary Collins Agency from 2008-2015. He has recently moved on to pursue much more theatre work. If you are curious, you can see his commercial acting listings at: Casting Networks and NOW Casting. A much more complete acting resume is available at
 Actor's Access.

Brad's funk-musical shadow puppet retelling of RAPUNZEL, created in collaboration with musicians Lee Holt and Stuart Grant, played in 2006 and 2007 in Hong Kong. His stage works have been produced/developed by Austin's FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre, Texas WordSpace, Our Endeavors Theatre Collective, Expanded Arts NYC, Nouveau 47, Audacity Theatre Lab, Rover Dramawerks, Square Peg Collective, EndTime Productions, Project X, Tumorboy Productions, The Outsider's Inn Collective, Theatre In My Basement, Cry Havoc, Dallas' Festival of Independent Theatres, The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, Overtime Theatre, The Dallas Museum of Art, The New York International Theatre Festival, Hong Kong's DEER Theatre, Le Rideau Theatre Café, Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre, Alleyway Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, Plano Children's Theatre and fringe theatre festivals all over the country.


His plays include CHOP, I HAVE ANGERED A GREAT GOD, RUDNICK THE CANDLE-HEADED BOY, RASPBERRY FIZZ, CYRANO A-GO-GO, THE SUBTERRANEANS OF PRODOVILLE, NIGHT OF THE TARANTUBEARS, A TALL TALE OF TEXAS, CARTER STUBBS TAKES FLIGHT, DINOSAUR AND ROBOT STOP A TRAIN, I BROUGHT HOME A CHUPACABRA, ROBERTS' ETERNAL GOLDFISH, CORNER OFFICE SKY as well as FOR THE LOVE OF AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST and ARSENIC & ROSES.


Brad is one of a handful of pioneering performers in the sub-arcana of solo improvisation (there are only maybe half a dozen or so consistent practitioners in the United States). He is the creator of the original solo improvisational story format Dribble Funk, a hybrid creation at the crossroads of longform improv, traditional theatre and storytelling. In the summer of 2013, in celebration of his 38th birthday, Brad perfomed a 380 minute long solo Dribble Funk improv set (that's six hours and 20 minutes). He currently specializes in teaching improv and creativity workshops. For more information on Dribble Funk Solo Improv, visit the website: DribbleFunkSoloImprov.Weebly.com

Brad also developed and continues to curate the deceptively simple story-telling improv format/show Monologue Jam with support from the Alternative Comedy Theater. and more recently MINT Presents.


He has blogged since the year 2000 and maintains his personal arts-and-adventures-oriented blog on the ancient platform LiveJournal called The Theatre, Thoughts and Travels of B. McEntire. He is the creator and moderator of The Solo Performer, a blog about one-person theatre productions. Brad is also an occasional culture journalist and contributor to The Stage Directions Blog and TheaterJones.com.

As a visual artist, McEntire works mostly in pen and ink and, less often, in acrylic paint. In mid-2012 he launched a series of illustrations based on the plays of Samuel BeckettIn May of 2010 he launched a webcomic called DONNIE ROCKET TOASTER-FACEwhich is updated quasi-randomly and will run until 2015. The first collection of comics, I HATE HAWK SEASON!, is available on Amazon.com. A second collection will be available soon.

Brad is one half (alongside part-time artist and pop culture addict Jeff Hernandez) of the producing team and on-air voices behind Bike Soccer Jamboree, an "extremely unnecessary" online semi-weekly podcast. Most BSJ episodes revolve around Brad and Jeff disagreeing over some pop cultural of lifestyle phenomenon. In early 2015 Brad created the original podcast series The Rumbleshanks Tapes, about a would-be world conquering cyborg named Captain Odysseus Rumbleshanks. 

Brad is also very slowly - like super slowly - writing a novel of tall tales for his young niece, posting the first draft online as he goes along. This can be viewed at Project Kylie Book.


Thoughts About the Theatre...
- Simple trumps fancy.   
- The creation of small, powerful theatre is noble and necessary. Intimate in scale, but epic in scope. 
- More often, artists should instigate and take responsibility for their own creations. This is especially true for fields where the art is traditionally created collaboratively, like in the theatre. 
- Experiemental is only a modifier for the word theatre, as in Experimental Theatre. It must engage and entertain first, then move us all forward. 
- The line between High Art and Low Art is and should be, extremely blurry- especially NOW.

He’s also interested in rocket packs, dinosaurs, cowboys, robots, tigers, goldfish, exotic locales, adventure, love, sex, romance, and other things kick-ass


Five Fun Facts...
  1. I enjoy good cigars, smooth bourbons and great food.
  2. I read a lot. And fast. You can see my all-time most influential books on me, personally, on my Book Shelf page.
  3. I travel extensively and keep a Dopp kit packed and ready to go at all times.
  4. When I am not in public, I sing a lot, often making up songs on the spot. My wife is very patient with me.
  5. love movies. A lotIf you’re curious, check out m100 favorite movies.




Artistic Statement...

Well, this changes periodically (which I think is a good thing), but for the time being it would be:

My work, especially as a playwright, but also as a visual artist, explores idiosyncratic little worlds. These parallel microcosms are populated by eccentric misfits. Troubled, lost, amused, broken, absurd, desperate, isolated and forgotten - each is searching for his or her own sense of history, identity, and purpose.



Contact Brad... Feel free to E-mail me




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