Cayuga Alumni Voices – David Bradford ’73

May 21st, 2015 Posted in Alumni News & Events

IMG_0803David Bradford ’73 graciously offered to participate in our Alumni Voices Program this past March. Bradford’s extensive background in Theatre Production Management and as a Technical Supervisor made the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre the perfect backdrop for his discussions. Students and faculty listened intently to David’s stories of his extensive travel to South America, Spain, Rome and Moscow.

While attending ACC, David was involved in scenery design with the Theatre Department. Impressed with his abilities, Theatre Director Dan Labeille recommended Bradford for the New York State SUNY program involving the Australian Theatre Company, which traveled throughout New York State. Bradford quickly found that he enjoyed the travel aspect of the program. “I got the bug; I like being a roadie.” Following the program, he worked with the Paperback Players traveling all over the world doing children’s theatre. Over the years Bradford worked with groups such as The Juilliard School, The Royal Ballet, The Met Opera, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and even Frank Sinatra.

During his visit he shared many stories of his travel, including meeting Oscar de la Renta and how he met, courted and married one of Baryshnikov’s dancers. David worked for many years with choreographer/dancer Twyla Tharp. One of her productions was 9 Sinatra Songs, with costumes created by Oscar de la Renta. Following one of the shows, Frank Sinatra came to meet the cast of the Broadway show; he was so moved that he was brought to tears.

David and his wife are now living on Cayuga Lake.

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