Brad is the artistic director of the Sally Johnson Studio in New York City, one of the city’s premiere film and television training grounds. At the Studio, he works closely with actors, honing in on each actor’s unique qualities and creative genius, while pushing through fears that block expression and creativity.
As a top New York photographer for over two decades, he creates images that are honest, uncomplicated, and most importantly honor a person’s true spirit. His experience behind the lens eventually matured into a desire to train and direct actors on camera for film and television.
At the Studio he teaches On-Camera master classes weekly. Brad also directs RISK, an ongoing workshop, where he works with actors to develop cutting edge one-person shows and nurture them into production.
Brad began his professional career developing and managing some of the industry’s top talent as former head of New Faces at Wilhelmina in New York and at Elite Management in Chicago.
Brad was mentored by the Studio’s founder, Sally Johnson for over 17 years before taking over the reins of the Studio and its top notch industry reputation.
Theatrical directorial credits include JOHNPAULGEORGERINGO with Dave Jay (voted Best Solo Show by the 2008 International Fringe Festival, Fringe ENCORE, also selected for production at the CAVERN in Liverpool, England), Confessions of Gogo with Monica West (Artists of Tomorrow and P.S. 122 Terra Nova Solo Arts Festival), BAGS: Obsessions of a Hoardaholic with Lee Michael Buckman (Boulder, Toronto and NYC Frigid Festivals), Y With Irene Glezos (NYC Frigid Festival), MILK with Julia Knight, Bye Bye Lisa with Lisa Rothauser. Most recently, Brad served as the acting coach for 2010 Tony nominated Karine Plantadit on her role in the Broadway hit, Come Fly Away.
Brad’s acting coaching and direction can be seen in several feature films and countless shorts including:
EAST BROADWAY (Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, 2006), and FOUR EYED MONSTERS (2007 Independent Spirit Award Nominee, Official Selection of 2005 Slamdance, Gen-Art, and SXSW Film Festivals).
Brad’s direction and camera work can also be seen in the new web series, The Practice of Artemisia, written by Maia McCann, sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts and the upcoming series, Thread, written by Alex Koltchak and Paul DeBoy.
Always on the cutting edge, Brad just completed shooting and directing the feature film Y, with Irene Glezos, shot entirely in one take.
Brad is also a prominent New York actor who has appeared in many films and television series including numerous episodes of LAW AND ORDER, THE UNUSUALS, GRAVITY, and the blockbuster movie, WANTED, directed by Timur Bekmambetov.Since his first days in the industry, Brad’s work across the board has been grounded in truth and individualism. He moves forward with this vision today.
Sally Johnson, founder of the Sally Johnson Studio in NYC has trained actors in the art of film making for over 30 years. She trained under Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg and Charles Conrad. Charles Conrad assisted Sanford Meisner for years before developing his own method based on Meisner’s teachings at the Neighborhood Playhouse. while Meisner’s method was theatre based, Conrad concentrated on the “moment to moment” immediacy that film sets required. following in Conrad’s footsteps, "the process" has become the foundation of the training at the Studio today. Sally has trained hundreds of actors who are currently working in film, television and on broadway. many of her students have created their own award winning film projects.
Armed with her conservatory degree, Kelly Warne came to the city looking for her acting home. She found it in Sally Johnson and Brad Calcaterra, whose classes emphasized unrehearsed scenes, giving students the freedom for anything to happen and the understanding that whoever and wherever you were that day was enough to fulfill the script. The technique revolutionized her approach to auditioning and the business in general, reigniting her appreciation for her own uniqueness and by extent, her confidence in the room. She continues to study with Brad and has appeared in numerous readings, webisodes, short films and the like, many through contacts she has made here at the studio.