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I’m not a martial artist, stunt man, expert fencer or boxer, or crack shot. Except for a smattering here and there, I have little experience with real fighting. I’m a theatre guy, an actor and director (and occasionally other things), sometimes for money but mostly for love. I stumbled on stage combat by accident, and I’ve trained in, practiced, taught, written, and talked about it for 25 years. I do individual and group classes and workshops, fight choreography for theatre (and a little film/video), and occasional consulting and problem-solving. I collect and sometimes rent (mostly loan) stage weapons and accoutrements. I subscribe to the SAFD view that safety is the most important element of stage combat – hence my personal motto above. More random things:

  • Member of the Society of American Fight Directors since 1999 

  • Studied at Bay State Fencers Stage Combat Studio with SAFD instructors Stacy Eddy, Robert Walsh, Adam Mclean, Rob Najarian, and Ted Hewlett

  • Took master classes with Tony Wolf (The Lord of the Rings) and Anthony DeLongis (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Jet Li’s Fearless)

  • Attended intensive SAFD workshops in Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia

  • Trained in unarmed, quarterstaff, smallsword, broadsword, knife, rapier, saber, rapier & dagger, boxing, singlestick, katana, firearms (MA LTC), krav maga, and others 

  • Visiting Lecturer in stage combat at Curry College, Milton, MA

  • 2011 EMACT DASH Consultants’ Choice Award for Excellence in Fight Choreography 

Places I’ve worked: Umbrella Center for the Arts, Vokes Players, Hovey Players, Walpole Footlighters, Quannapowitt Players, Curry College, Salem Theatre Company, Wellesley Players, Bay Colony Productions, Theatre@First, Concord Players, Salem High School, Bedford High School, Kingswood Regional High School, Shrewsbury High School, Walpole Children’s Theatre, Acme Theater, Arlington Friends of the Drama, and many others.

Shows I’ve worked on: Appropriate, The Play That Goes Wrong, Henry V, A View From the BridgeThe 39 Steps, She Kills Monsters, Disgraced, Cyrano de Bergerac, Mauritius, Of Mice and Men, Henry IV, Angels in America, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, American Buffalo, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Bus Stop, Hamlet, True West, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All My Sons, The Pirates of Penzance, Macbeth , Romeo and Juliet, Fool For Love, Born Yesterday, Closer, Sweeney Todd, I Hate Hamlet, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, TDracula, The Odyssey, Les Miserables, and many others (see complete list on the Resume page)

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There's no moment in any play, comedic or dramatic, that's worth an actor getting hurt.

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