Bradley Hawkins began his acting career in the early 1990's, starring on stage in lead roles in several plays and musical theater productions, as well as working in commercials, print jobs, television shows, short films, industrials, and feature films throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Hawkins and his young family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1997 where he taught acting, film studies, and humanities courses at the high school level, and directed several stage productions throughout his 14 years as an educator.
Since retiring from service as a high school teacher, in 2012, Hawkins returned to acting on-camera and branched out as an award-winning indie film director, with his debut comedy short, ROLLER COASTER (earning 30 film festival awards along the way. His second short, the comedy-fantasy, FILLING IN, earned an astonishing 61 awards and 37 nominations from around the world, including Australia, Canada, England, Italy, and Lithuania, as well as at festival screenings throughout 19 states in the USA. Between the two films, Hawkins won 11 awards for his direction, and as a result of his guidance, actors in both films won several awards for their work in them as well. Roller Coaster and Filling In are both now available for streaming on Amazon.
Hawkins is currently in post-production on his third short film, Calf Rope, about a former rodeo champion and cattle auctioneer from Oklahoma that bonds tightly with his young grandson from Pennsylvania during the summer of '66 while teaching him a few tricks from his previous trades. Although the film is still months away from being completed, Calf Rope has already won an award for its tender-hearted screenplay as Best Modern Western at the Wild Bunch Film Festival in Arizona.
Over the past 25 years, Hawkins has studied with some of the best known acting coaches in the country and has developed his own unique coaching/directing style for actors of all ages which he continues to enjoy mentoring and working with today.