Instructors

Mike ChinMichael G. Chin is a professional actor (AEA, AFTRA, SAG) as well as a sanctioned Master instructor and choreographer with the Society of American Fight Directors. He serves as fight director in residence for both The White Horse and Pan Asian Rep in NYC. He has taught/choreographed/consulted in the New York area on Broadway as well as The Mint, Murder-To-Go, Theatreworks USA, La Mama ETC, National Asian American Theatre Co, Ma-yi, The Public, Negro Ensemble Company, The Vineyard, NYU, Henry St Settlement, Baruch College, The Drama League, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Montclair State Univ, New York Renaissance Fest and The NY Fringe Theatre Festival . Nationally he has worked at The Barter, Celebration Barn, Burt Reynolds Inst for Theatre, Muhlenberg Summer Festival, Univ of Tulsa, The Crossroads, Brown Univ, Cape Cod Community College, BYU, The Hangar, Dickinson College, Louisiana Tech, NY State Theatre Inst., Tennessee Rep, Merrimack Theatre, Off The Square Theatre in Wyoming, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Univ of Northern Colorado, IUP and Yale School of Drama. Mr. Chin currently teaches at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, as well as at Brooklyn College, Pace University, Juilliard and teaches privately for Fights4 all in New York City. He is a student of Northern Style, Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu.

Dale Girard

Dale Girard is an award winning Fight Director, Choreographer and author of the stage combat manual Actors On Guard. He is a Black Belt in Taekwondo, a founding member of the North Carolina Stuntmen’s Association and one of only seventeen recognized Fight Masters in the United States by the Society of American Fight Directors.  Recent credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, Pioneer Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Triad Stage, and the Chautauqua Opera. Recent film credits include “The Key Man,” “Fall Down Dead” and “Junebug.”  As a master teacher, Mr. Girard has instructed classes and seminars in stage combat, acting, and dramatic movement at colleges and universities throughout North America. Now based in North Carolina, he serves on the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts as Director of Stage Combat Studies. Previous teaching experience includes Yale’s School of Drama, the National Theatre Conservatory and the Hartt School.

Robb Hunter is a member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA, the Stage Directors and robbhunter-darrowChoreographers Society and is a certified teacher of Stage Combat for the Society of American Fight Directors. As a professional fight director he has choreographed violence/movement for many DC theatres including The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Washington National Opera, The Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Rep Stage, and Ford’s Theatre. Robb holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from the Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently Artist in Residence at American University where he teaches movement, stage combat and theatre history. In addition he also teaches movement for McDaniel College and for the MFA program at Catholic University. When he is not teaching or directing violence he is “enabling” it through his theatrical weapons rental company, Preferred Arms which supplies swords, knives and assault rifles to theatres and universities nationwide (www.preferredarms.com). Before becoming a professional Fight Director Robb was an actor and was also fortunate enough to have spent an amazing three years working with Michael J. Fox as his stand-in and stunt double.

Casey Kaleba headshot 1Casey Kaleba started training with the SAFD in 1992, and has arranged violence for more than 300 professional and academic productions.  A company member with Rorschach Theatre, he has staged fights for the Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, National Players, Hub Theatre, Castleton Festival, No Rules Theatre, Forum Theatre, African Continuum Theatre, Olney Theatre, Signature Theatre, and the New Brunswick Theatre Festival.  Academic productions include Georgetown, American, Grinnell, Gallaudet, and Catholic Universities along with the University of Maryland in both College Park and Baltimore County.  He has taught for the University of Maryland, George Mason University, Shepherd University, Catholic University, Regent, and Old Dominion University, as well as serving as a regular guest artist for the Shakespeare Theatre and Folger Library.  Casey has been a guest instructor for Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stagefight Society, an instructor at the Paddy Crean Workshop, and has taught at the Winter Wonderland, Carnage in the Corn, Virginia Beach Bash, and Bond vs. Bourne SAFD Workshops. He co-founded Tooth and Claw Combat Arts.

Darrell Rushton

Darrell Rushton is a Professor of Theatre and Dance, specialist in Acting and Stage Combat. His Television and Film appearances include One Life to Live, All My Children, and Saturday Night Live in New York and Traffic, Runaway Bride, and Shot in the Heart in the DC/Baltimore area. Theatre appearances include Twelfth Night, Woman in Black, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Taming of the Shrew and Brigadoon at the Cumberland Theatre and Regional appearances in Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois. Most recently, he was one of 14 artists invited to workshop Mother Courage and her Children at Arena Stage Theatre with Molly Smith, Artistic Director, and Kathleen Turner. His MFA is in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied with Broadway Fight Director David Leong. He has instructed Stage Combat at regional workshops around the country, including the Chicago Winter Wonderland, Seattle Sockeye, Denver’s Rumble in the Rockies and the Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop. He is also one of only 15 SAFD Certified Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructors. At Frostburg State, he has been the fight director for Peter Pan, Midsummer’s Night Dream, Ruined, Of Mice and Men, Urinetown, Breath,

Boom, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Violet Hour, Romeo and Juliet, Flyin’ West, Fuddy Meers, Loves Labors Lost, I Hate Hamlet and Man of La Mancha. Professionally, his fight choreography has been featured in Windwood Theatricals Urban Cowboy and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Cumberland Theatre’s Jekyll and Hyde and Brigadoon. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, the Society of American Fight Directors and Dueling Arts International. His publications include articles in the ATME Journal, the Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors, and The Cutting Edge.

Matt Wilson

Matthew R. Wilson has killed people on stage with swords, knives, pikes, guns, ropes, clubs, bathtubs, and shovels.  He has also died many times himself.  A proud Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, Matt has practiced Stage Combat since 1995.  He is also a professional director and actor with memberships in Equity, SAG, and AFTRA.  A ten-year resident of NYC, Matt directed fights for numerous Off- and Off-Off Broadway productions.  In his hometown of Washington, DC, his choreography has been seen at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and Constellation Theatre, among others.  Favorite credits include Macbeth, Women Beware Women, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Fifth Musketeer, and Life is a Dream. In addition to the standard weapons styles recognized by the SAFD, Matt has a special love for Found Weapons, Rapier & Cloak, and Acrobalance & Weight-Sharing techniques.  He frequently utilizes Viewpoints, Laban Movement Analysis, Alexander Technique, and Commedia dell’Arte in his choreography and teaching. An Adjunct Professor of Acting at both George Washington University and George Mason University, Matt has also been a Guest Artist/Instructor at numerous colleges including NYU, Columbia, and Northwestern.  He has served on the faculty for the International Order of the Sword and Pen at the Paddy Crean workshop in Banff, Canada, and he has taught and assisted at SAFD workshops throughout the US. Matt holds an MFA in Classical Acting and is pursuing a PhD in Theatre History.  He is also Artistic Director of Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC’s Commedia dell’Arte theatre.

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