Dale Girard is a third-degree Black Belt, a founding member of the N.C. Stuntmen’s Association and one of only 16 Fight Masters in the United States recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors. He has been a member of the UNCSA Drama faculty since 1997, and was one of the first faculty members at UNCSA promoted to Full Professor in 2014.
As the School of Drama’s Director of Stage Combat Studies, he helps UNCSA students become better actors through owning the technical and emotional vocabulary needed to perform safe, effective theatrical violence. He stages violence that is informed by the text, in fulfillment of the director’s vision, can be technically executed and emotionally embodied by the student performer. He continues to work in the professional community as well as train as a theatrical artist in order to constantly bring current professional trends back to the students.
- Author of the stage combat manual “Actors On Guard”
- A third-degree Black Belt
- Served as Stunt Coordinator on 10 SAG-AFTRA feature films
- Performed stunts for eight SAG-AFTRA feature films
- Previously served on the faculties of the Yale School of Drama, the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver and the Hartt School in Connecticut
- Performed stunts for multiple episodes of the network television series “Revolution”
- Served as Fight Choreographer for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Romeo et Julliette”
- Served as Fight Choreographer for Teller’s production of “Macbeth” at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
- Nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Resident Production for “Cyrano” (2012)
- Society of American Fight Directors
- Founding Member, N.C. Stuntmen’s Association