Stage Combat

Specialized techniques for armed and unarmed conflict giving the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers.

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Members specializing in Stage Combat:

Adam Alexander

Aaron Black

alexis black

Annmarie Kelly Davis

Adam Noble


Bruce Lecure

Brian LeTraunik

Bradford Oxnam

Christopher Duval

Chaya Gordon-Bland

Chelsea Pace

Cara Rawlings

Danette Baker

David Barker

Dan O'Driscoll

David Reed

Davis Robinson

Ezra LeBank

Enric Ortuno

Erick Wolfe

Frank Delaney

Christopher Beaulieu


Margo Kopec

Greg Webster

Jeff A.R. Jones

Jonathan Becker

Jill Carlson

Jeff Fazakerley

jeff.fazakerley@cui.edu23 Meadowgrass

Jess Prichard

Jeff MIlls

Kurt Heinlein


Jonathan Cole


Kevin Inouye

Luke Eddy

Lisa Bohn

Laura Rikard

Marie Percy

Joseph Matyas

Matthew Bowdren

Matt Franta

Mark Hardiman

Marianne Kubik

Mark Monday

Michael Mueller

Matthew R. Wilson

Nick Erickson

Parke Fech

parkeafech@gmail.com5500 Wissahickon Ave

Rich Rand

Rachael Swartz

Robert Ruffin

SAFD Secretary

Slade Billew

Sara Romersberger


Stefan Sittig

Robyn Berg

T. Anthony Marotta

Zane Whitney

Therese Crews

David Weber

Yarit Dor

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Bibliography for Stage Combat

Print Sources
  • Anglo, Sydney. the Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2000.
  • Aylward, J. D. The English Master of Arms. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1956.
  • Baldick, Robert. The Duel. London: Chapman and Hall, 1965. (Reprinted by London: Hamlyn Publishing Group, Ltd., 1970. 0-600- 32837-6)
  • Billacois, Francois. The Duel: Its Rise & Fall in Early Modern France. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990. 0-300-04028-8
  • Boushey, David. “The Art of Stage Fighting,” ATA Theatre News, Vol. IX, no. 1.
  • Callahan, John M. “Painless Stage Violence,” ATA Theatre News. Vol. IX, no. 5.
  • Castle, Egerton. Schools and Masters of Fence: From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1969.
  • Clements, John. Medieval Swordsmanship. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 1998.
  • ________. Renaissance Swordsmanship. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 1997.
  • Draeger, Donn F. and R. W. Smith. Asian Fighting Arts. Palo Alto, CA: Kodansha International, 1969. Illustrated. Origins, methods.
  • Frick, John W., editor. Theatre Symposium: A Publication of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Volume 7. AL: Southeastern Theatre Conference and the University of Alabama Press, 1999. ISBN 0-8173-0887-3 Eleven articles covering topics such as Staging Violence, Culture and Violence, Rhetorical and Historical Perspectives, and Violence on the Fringes of Acceptability.
  • Garret, Maxwell R., Emmanuil G. Kaidanov and Gil A. Pezza. Foil, Saber, and Epee Fencing: Skills, Safety, Operations, and Responsibilities. PA: Penn State Press, 1994. ISBN 0271010193 Includes photos and exercises.
  • Girard, Dale Anthony. Actors on Guard: A Practical Guide for the Use of the Rapier and Dagger for Stage and Screen. New York: Theatre Arts Books, Routledge, 1996. 0-87830-058-9 Use of the Elizabethan rapier and dagger (with illustrations), history of swordplay, and technical pointers on buying and caring for a sword.
  • Hobbs, William. Fight Direction for Stage and Screen. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003. 0-435-08680-4 Revised Edition.
  • ________. Stage Combat: The Action to the Words. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1980.
  • ________. Stage Fight. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1967. Swords, firearms, fisticuffs and slapstick.
  • Howell, Jonathan. Stage Fighting, a Practical Guide. Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2008. 978-1-84797-046-6.
  • Hutton, A. The Sword and the Centuries. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, 1980.
  • Jackson, James L. Three Elizabethan Fencing Manuals. Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1972. 0-8201-1107-4
  • Lane, Richard. Swashbuckling: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Art of Stage Combat. Limelight Editions, 1999. ISBN 0879100915
  • Martinez, J. D. Combat Mime: A Non-Violent Approach to Stage Violence. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1982; reprint, 1992. 0-88229-809-7 Combat techniques fully illustrated.
  • ________. The Swords of Shakespeare. NC: McFarland & Co., 1995. 0-88950-959-2
  • McAsh, F. Braun. Fight Choreopgraphy: A Practical Guide for Stage, Film, and Television. Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2011. 978-1847972231
  • Morton, E. D. Martini A-Z of Fencing. London: Queen Anne Press, n. d. 356-154394
  • Nichols, Richard. “Empty-Handed Combat in the Actor Training Program,” in Movement for the Actor, Lucille Rubin, ed. New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1980.
  • Oakeshott, Ewart R. European Weapons and Armor. North Hollywood, CA: Beinfeld Pub., Inc., 1980. 0-917714-27-X
  • Palffy-Alpar, Julius. Sword and Masque. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis, 1967.
  • Ratti, O. & A. Westbrook. Secrets of the Samurai. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, Co., Inc., 1992. 0-8048-1684-0
  • Richards, Jeffrey. Swordsmen of the Screen. London: n. p., 1977.
  • Tobler, Christian Henry, trans. and interpreter. Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship. n. c.: Chivalry Bookshelf, 2001.
  • Suddeth, J. Allen. Fight Directing for the Theatre. NH: Heinemann, 1996. Safety, staging fights, acting the fight, arming the fight, stage blood, and firearm safety.
  • Suino, Nicklaus. The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Eishin-Ryu Iaido. New York: Weatherhill, 1994. 0-8348-0300-3
  • ________. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship. NY: Weatherhill, 1995. ISBN 0834803399 Practice drills with diagrams.
  • Swetnam, Joseph. The Schole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence. London: Printed by Nickolas Okes, 1616.
  • Szabo, Laszlo and Corvina Kiado. Fencing and the Master, trans. by Gyula Gulyas. Budapest: Franklin Printing House, 1982. 9631312755
  • Talhoffer, Hans. Medieval Combat, trans. and ed. by Mark Rector. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2000.
  • Thimm, Carl Albert. A Complete Bibliography of Fencing and Dueling. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1968. From the middle ages to 1896.
  • Tarassuk, Leonid and Claude Blair, eds. The Complete Encyclopedia of Arms and Weapons. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982. 0-671-42257-X
  • Tarassuk, Leonid. Parrying Daggers and Poniards. Blue Diamond, NV: The Society of American Fight Directors, 1987.
  • Turner, Craig and Tony Soper. Methods and Practice of Elizabethan Swordplay. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1990. 0-8093-1562-9
  • Wise, Arthur. The Art and History of Personal Combat. London: Hugh Evelyn Ltd., 1971.
  • ________. Weapons in the Theatre. London: Longmans & Green, 1968. Antiquity to 18th century; how to handle scenes of violence for stage, film, TV., etc.
  • Wise, Arthur and Derek Ware. Stunting in the Cinema. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1973.
  • Wright, Louis B. Stage Dueling in the Elizabethan Theatre in the Seventeenth Century Stage, ed. By G. E. Bentley. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.
  • Zabinski, Gregorz with Barthomiej Walczak. Codex Wallerstein. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 2002
Audio/Visual Sources
  • Boushey, David. Combat for the Stage and Screen.  Three videos covering Medieval Weaponry, Elizabethan Weaponry, and Unarmed Combat. Call 205-290-9973.
  • ________. The Stage Fight Director. 1-883779-08-1 Video. Call 1-800-456-8285.
  • Leong, David S. and J. Allen Suddeth. Unarmed Stage Combat Series. Produced by Combat Masters, Intl. Three videos: Learning the Basics; Perfecting the Fundamentals; and Mastering the Techniques. Call 1-800-456-8285.
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