Stage Combat Faculty

Stage Combat Faculty

Dale Anthony Girard

UNCSA Director of Stage Combat Studies
Fight Director, Society of American Fight Directors

Dale Girard is an award-winning Fight Director, Choreographer and author of the stage combat manual "Actors On Guard". He is a third degree Black Belt (Sam Dan, 1st level) in Taekwondo/Hopkido and Hydong Gumdo, a founding member of the North Carolina Stuntmen’s Association and one of only 16 recognized Fight Masters in the United States by the Society of American Fight Directors. His breadth of work and contribution to the art of staged violence has also earned him recognition in the Canadian guild, Fight Directors Canada, and The Russian Guild of Stage Movement Directors and Teachers. His work has been featured in professional theatres and opera houses throughout North America and in several motion pictures.

Recent credits include the Metropolitan Opera, The Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Arden Theater, San Diego Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, Pioneer Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Triad Stage and the Chautauqua Opera. Film credits include “Eyeborgs,” “The Key Man,” “The Trial,” “10 Rules for Sleeping Around” and the critically acclaimed “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. He received his training in theatre arts at the University of Northern Colorado and previously served on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama, the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, Colorado and the Hartt School in Hartford, CT.


Richard Ryan

Fight MasterSociety of American Fight Directors

Richard is an award-winning Fight Director. Recent theatre includes "Coriolanus" at the Donmar Warehouse. Recent Film & TV includes Seasons 1 & 2 of "Vikings", a drama series for the History Channel, on which he was Assistant Stunt Coordinator and Swordmaster. Other credits include Stunt Coordinator on "Hammer of the Gods", "Berserk", "Ironclad", "Rolling Thunder" and "Faintheart". He served as Fight Coordinator and Assistant Stunt Coordinator on “Sherlock Holmes 2: Game Of Shadows”, “Gulliver's Travels”, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Solomon Kane” and Swordmaster on “The Eagle”. His Stunt Performing includes “Vikings”, “Revolution”, “To Have & To Hold” and “Homeland”. Other film work includes Fight Coordinator on “The Dark Knight” (winner of the SAG Best Stunt Ensemble & Taurus Stunt Award Best Fight) as well as “The Golden Compass”. He served as Swordmaster on “Drona” and “The Last Legion” (nominated for Taurus Stunt Award).

Perhaps his best-known film work is “Troy”, for which his Achilles vs. Hector fight was nominated for Best Fight in both Taurus World Stunt Award & MTV Film Awards. As Master-at-Arms to The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art he has accumulated over 300 stage credits and has worked for many major companies such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Ireland, Royal National Theatre, Cheek by Jowl, English National Opera, Royal Opera House, York Theatre Royal and Mercury Theatre, Colchester along with various West End shows and national tours.

Scot Mann

Fight MasterSociety of American Fight Directors

Scot J. Mann is an internationally recognized and award winning Fight Director, certified through the Society of American Fight Directors and the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. He most recently choreographed violence, stunts and gunplay for the world premiere of Stephen King's original musical, "Ghost Brothers of Darkling County", directed by Susan Booth at the Alliance Theatre. As a director, he received a Meritorious Achievement Award for his direction of "Scapino", by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival in 2005. He has choreographed, performed and coached theatrical violence with such companies as The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Theatrical Outfit, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has also served as an instructor for the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat in London, and Stage Combat Deutschland in Freiberg, Germany.

As an actor, Scot has appeared with the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, New American Theater, New American Shakespeare Theatre, Atlanta Opera, motion capture talent for digital media and various voice-over recordings for radio, TV and the Internet. Scot appeared as a stunt-player and served as tactical choreographer and gun wrangler for the movie, "Eyeborgs", as well as on-set Swordmaster and stunt double for the Bollywood epic, "Drona". Scot is an alumnus of the MFA/PAT program at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival and holds a BA in Communications and Theatre from Mercer University, where he currently serves as Director of Theatre.


Michael G. Chin

Fight MasterSociety of American Fight Directors

Michael 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 Theatre and Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in New York. He has taught/choreographed/consulted in the New York area on Broadway as well as the Mint Theatre Company, Murder To Go, Theatreworks USA, La Mama E.T.C., National Asian American Theatre Company, Ma-yi Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, Vineyard Theatre, New York University, Henry Street Settlement, Baruch College, The Drama League, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Montclair State University, New York Renaissance Festival and The New York International Fringe Festival.

Nationally, he has worked at The Barter, Celebration Barn, Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre, Muhlenberg Summer Festival, University of Tulsa, The Crossroads, Brown University, Cape Cod Community College, Brigham Young University, The Hangar, Dickinson College, Louisiana Tech, New York State Theatre Institute, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Theatre, Off Square Theatre (Wyoming), Gainesville Theatre Alliance, University of Northern Colorado, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Yale School of Drama. Mr. Chin currently teaches at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn., as well as at Brooklyn College, Pace University, Juilliard, and privately for Fights4all in New York City. He is a student of Northern Style, Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu.


Ian Rose

Fight MasterSociety of American Fight Directors

Having taught and fought in the New York and Philadelphia areas for over 25 years, Ian is proud to hold the rank of Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors. Ian also holds the distinction of being an accredited Fight Master with Fight Directors Canada. Ian's fights have been seen from London's Blackfriars Theatre to MTM Studios in Rome. Credits include The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, NYC's Riverside Shakespeare and national commercials. Ian is one of the Coordinators for the Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop held the first weekend in October. For more information visit