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David Bridel

David Bridel serves as the dean for the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and holder of the Braverman Family Dean’s Chair in Dramatic Arts. He is currently associate professor of theatre practice in voice and movement; and has previously served as associate dean of global initiatives, director of the Master of Fine Arts in Acting, and head of movement path in the Master of Fine Arts in Acting. Bridel is a director, choreographer, playwright, librettist, performer and teacher of acting, movement and clown. His work in all these theatrical disciplines has been seen at the Mark Taper Forum, the Odyssey Theater, the Ford Amphitheatre, the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble and the Broad Stage in Los Angeles; the BMI Musical Workshop and the Bound for Broadway series in New York; at Shakespeare & Company and Barrington Stage in Mass.; the Roy Hart Theatre in Malerargues, France; the TEDxUSC conference 2012 and TEDxBeijing 2014; in opera houses in Los Angeles, Paris, Vienna, Munich, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Santiago and Madrid; on screen (PBS’ Great Performances series and ABC’s Dancing With the Stars); and at universities, festivals and theatres in the U.S., U.K., Israel, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Austria and Brazil – including the Beijing Film Academy, the National Theatre of China and at the Stanislavsky Institute in Sao Paulo.

Bridel’s original plays I Gelosi and Sublimity are both published by Original Works Press (Sublimity, Bridel’s solo performance, won the Best Satire Award at the 2013 United Solo Festival in New York). He is also the winner of an ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Initiatives, a Cultural Engagement Grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, an Entertainment Weekly Special Events Award, a NYFA Fiction Award, an Anna Sosenko Musical Theater Award, and a Zumberge Award for his research project, Clowns Across Continents. His productions have also been nominated for the LA Weekly Theatre Awards. His book Clowns: In Conversation With Modern Masters will be published by Routledge in 2015/16, and his adaptation of Doctor Faustus, directed by Andre Belgrader, is slated for Classic Stage Company in New York in 2015.

Bridel has contributed to American Theatre magazine and The Soul of the American Actor periodicals, and he is the Founding and Artistic Director of The Clown School in Los Angeles, the only studio in the city devoted exclusively to the study and practice of clowning, officially partnered with Improv First in Beijing and the Stanislavsky Institute in Brazil. Bridel is also an Associate Director of the multi-award winning theatre company Four Clowns, and is currently creating, with the company, The Old Testament Project, in which several books from the Bible are dramatized in collaboration with theatres from around the world.

Last Updated: 04/14/16