Comments from Eric Nemoto:
With respect to his work with The Actors’ Group, Brad can effectively be referred to as the “father” of its theater. While the group had existed before his arrival, it was Brad who transformed a loosely formed performing arts group into a legitimate Honolulu theater that provided some of the city’s most unique productions. Brad’s first association with TAG came as a consultant recruited to refine an acting showcase in 1999. He followed that up by directing the group’s first really big critical success, “Glengarry Glen Ross.” This David Mamet play was the group’s first venture into the realm of Off-Broadway dramatic material. Critics called “Glengarry” a “big success for this little theater,” and TAG, under the vision of Brad, has never looked back. He followed that with Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child,” (which earned the group its first set of Po`okela nominations in 2000) and other powerful dramas, which have included “Gross Indecency,” “The Insanity Case Of Mrs. A. Lincoln,” “Equus,” and “The Guys.” And as if to display his versatility, Brad also directed one of TAG’s most endearing comedies, “Harvey.” Brad’s impact with the group has been nothing short of immense. For aside from being its first (and only) artistic director, Brad was the impetus behind TAG establishing a regular season, for creating a board of directors, and for bringing the group into the mainstream of local theater by promoting its participation in the Po`okela awards, and its membership with the Hawaii State Theatre Council. It was Brad’s sheer will that transformed TAG from a group that did occasional plays, to one that did at least five productions a year, and his contacts eventually opened up the list of actors and directors working with TAG, which now regularly reflect some of Hawaii’s finest. With his experience and commitment to excellence, Brad Powell has been the driving force that has established The Actors’ Group into the unique theater that it is today.
When he first came to Hawai`i many years ago, Brad taught drama on Kaua`i. While there he was one of the founders of the Kaua`i Community Players, and directed several of their productions. Later, he left for O`ahu where he taught drama, theatre production, debate, speech, and semantics at Farrington High School. He moved into television as the Executive Producer/Writer for Educational Television where he served for 21 years. During that time he performed, directed and choreographed at most of the theatres on O`ahu. Most recently, he directed and choreographed Godspsell at ACT. Now most of his time in theatre is spent working with The Actors' Group, where he has been Artistic Director since TAG's 2000-2001 Season.
Brad was last seen on stage in Hawai`i as Uncle Ben in the HPU production of Death Of A Salesman, and before that as Gangster #2 in their production of Kiss Me Kate, which he also choreographed. For this performance he received a 2001 Po`okela award for Featured Actor in a Musical. He is the recipient of numerous other Po`okela awards as well as national and international TV awards. His TV and stage productions have been seen in Europe, the Orient, and throughout the mainland.
For many years he staged shows for the internationally acclaimed singing group, The Young Americans. He is on the staff of Dance Excellence in Los Angeles, where he goes each year for their international dance festival.
In April 2006 Brad received the GLOBAL ARTS AWARD at the annual Dance Excellence Festival in Los Angeles. He was given this award because of his extensive international work in Television, Theatre and Dance throughout the US, the Pacific Rim countries, and all over Europe.
He is also the producer of the well-known fireworks show, The King's Jubilee, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel. Brad's biography may be found in several books, among them Who's Who in Entertainment, Notable Americans, and International Men of Achievement."