Category: News

Romeo & Juliet and Cabaret @ FSU

Once again, I have the distinct pleasure of returning to my Alma Mater to choreograph violence and direct movement for this season’s mainstage production of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Carrie Colton. The show will be set in Elizabethan England and will explore themes of childlike innocence and playground bullying in contrast with early onset adulthood as hot-blooded passion breeds…

A-Town Throwdown

So happy to get to see the fight family this past weekend at the A-Town Throwdown in Atlanta, GA. Now in their third year, the Throwdown is an SAFD sanctioned regional workshop coordinated by fellow Certified Teacher David Sterritt. This has been my first year in attendance and while I planned to simply catch up with friends and take a…

The Tourist Trap Stage Combat Workshop Orlando FL

In February, 2014, Rat Pack Productions and the University of Central Florida hosted the first ever SAFD sanctioned regional workshop in the state of Florida – The Tourist Trap. My friend and colleague Robert Aronowitz and I conceived and coordinated the workshop. Thanks to the generosity of the UCF Theatre Department, we were able to bring over 50 students and…

Pirates Voyage hires Swordfighting Lead Actor in Myrtle Beach

I have recently accepted an offer of employment from Pirates Voyage – a Dolly Parton Company and 1100 seat dinner attraction in Myrtle Beach, SC – to play the stunt performing pirate master of ceremonies, Calico Jack. Rehearsals begin in mid January and the show opens on February 14th, 2014. Performances continue throughout the year, reaching a peak in the…

Second Annual Janumester in Corpus Christi

Thanks to a demonstrated interest from the students in the department, I have been invited back to teach a second January semester stage combat class at the Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi. This year, Skills Proficiency Tests will be offered in both unarmed and single sword combat as many students who have already received passes in unarmed are taking…

Stage Combat @ Asolo Conservatory

A surprising turn of events allowed me to escape the frigid winter of Kentucky and make my way back to Florida for a quick trip to teach an unarmed stage combat class with a close friend and colleague at the Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota. The Conservatory is an extension of my alma mater, Florida State University and is the training…

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s Les Misérables

I have recently been hired as the fight director for an upcoming production of Les Misérables at the Lexington Opera House produced by the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. The show – which has had a recent resurgence of popularity as it celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year – tells the story of the French peasant, Jean Valjean, who…

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette @ Florida State University Opera

Some stories never get old. Even when they’re told in operatic voices singing french arias with English superscript. A love story on a grand scale with two casts; the Florida State University Opera Department does not disappoint with its amazing production of Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in the recently renovated Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. I have been called upon to serve…

J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan at Kentucky Conservatory Theatre’s Summerfest!

This summer, patrons of the ever popular Summerfest! produced by Kentucky Conservatory Theatre will take a trip to Neverland alongside Peter, Wendy, John and Michael as they learn to fly, make friends with the Indians and tussle with pirates. Chock full of fighting and without the traditional rigging for flight, I have been called upon to fight direct the show…

Stage Combat AND MORE @ Woodford Theatre

For those of you were not aware, I spent the majority of the spring as an artist in residence at the Woodford Theatre in Versailles, KY. So what does that mean exactly? For now it means, I teach weekly installments introducing physical acting, voice and stage combat to high school students who demonstrate a particularly strong interest in performing in…