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Current Instructors

Tim Bell

 

Tim Bell

SAFD Certified Teacher

 

Tim Bell is an SAFD Certified Teacher and a professional actor and stuntman. Tim has been performing, teaching, and choreographing stage combat for more than ten years. He has performed as an actor and stuntman for television and film, live stunt shows, and outdoor dramas. Tim appears as DHS Agent Sanchez and served as assistant stunt coordinator on the film Eyeborgs.

 

 

 

Paul Burke

 

Burke

Instructor, Irish Dramatic Combat Academy

 

Originally hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Paul Burke is a full member of Stunt Guild Ireland and an Instructor with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy. He has done choreographed fights for theatre, television and movies. Theatre fight choreography includes Ages of the Moon (world premiere) by Sam Shepard, National Theatre of Ireland and Off Broadway, Billy Roche's Lay me down softly (world premiere) directed by Wilson Milam and Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant by Tom Murphy. In 2008 Paul was Fight Coordinator and consultant for the Irish Television Docu-drama Feuds which covered the Modern Irish Traveler/Tinker communities' clan rivalry's which commonly result in bare knuckle boxing matches and can result in all out faction fights. Recent film/tv work includes Vikings which debuts in March on the History Channel. Paul was also Assistant Coordinator to Richard Ryan on the forthcoming Film Hammer of the Gods.

 

 

 

T. Fulton Burns

 

Burke

SAFD Certified Teacher
Faculty: Univ. of South Alabama

Fulton Burns is the Director of Acting & Performance at the University of South Alabama's Department of Dramatic Arts. Prior to his arrival at USA he instructed at The University of Montana and Illinois College. He attended Winthrop University where he earned his BA in Theatre and completed his graduate work at Western Illinois University (MFA) specializing in Directing for the Stage. His directing credits include, but are not limited to, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Compleat Works of WLLM SHKSPR: abridged, The Serpent, and Man of La Mancha. He has received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's Certificate of Merit for his work as a Director with Amadeus and Anything Goes.

Also, Burns has worked professionally with Moises Kaufman as an assistant director, along with the Living Theatre and Cirque du Soleil's production of Quidam.

 

 

 

Jill Matarelli Carlson

 

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SAFD Certified Teacher, Faculty: East Carolina University

 

Jill Matarelli-Carlson, an SAFD Certified Teacher, is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University and teaches Movement, Stage Combat, Acting, and Theatre History. She has worked as an Entertainment Cast Member for Walt Disney World and co-founded The Odyssey Express Touring Theatre Company. She has worked professionally all over the United States as both an actor and fight choreographer.

 

 

 

Michael Chin

 

chin

SAFD Fight Master, Faculty: Julliard

 

Michael G. Chin is a professional actor (AEA, AFTRA, SAG) and is a sanctioned Master instructor and choreographer with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is a student of Northern Style, Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu. Chin serves as fight director in residence for both The White Horse and Pan Asian Rep in NYC. He has taught/choreographed/consulted in the NYC area on Broadway, NYU, The Public and Classical Theatre of Harlem. Nationally he has worked at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre, Brown University, and Yale School of Drama, among others. Chin currently teaches at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, Juilliard, and teaches privately for Fights4, all in New York City.

 

 

 

Fran Clabaugh

 

Fran Clabaugh

Editor

 

Fran Clabaugh began her Hollywood career as an Assistant Editor at Action International Pictures where she quickly gained an understanding of the art of action editing. Since then she has worked as a full editor on the action feature Little Chicago and the sci-fi action thriller Eyeborgs. She has conducted editing workshops for the Jacksonville Film Festival and is co-owner of Crimson Wolf Productions, an independent production company located in North Carolina. Currently she is editing the feature film Nightmare Box, shot in London, England by Director Jon Keeyes.

 

 

 

Richard Clabaugh

 

Richard Clabaugh

Director & Cinematographer

 

Richard Clabaugh has been a cinematographer and director on numerous features and worked with such talents as Russell Crowe, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken, Ben Affleck, and Peter O'Toole. He was the director of the feature films, Python, Little Chicago and Eyeborgs. He is an instructor at the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking and president of Crimson Wolf Pictures, a North Carolina based feature film production company.

 

 

 

Dale Girard

 

Dale Girard

SAFD Fight Master, Faculty: North Carolina School of the Arts

 

Dale Girard is a certified fight master with the SAFD and Fight Directors Canada (FDC). He is also co-founder of the North Carolina Stuntmen's Association; author of Actors on Guard; and director of stage combat studies for North Carolina School of the Arts. Dale appears in the role of Sankur and served as second unit director and stunt coordinator for the film Eyeborgs. Dale is currently serving as stunt coordinator on Gary Wheeler's The Trial starring Matthew Modine.

 

 

 

Kevin Inouye

 

Kevin Inouye

SAFD Certified Teacher

 

Kevin Inouye (SAFD Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor and workshop Assistant Coordinator) is a theatre instructor and SAG-AFTRA performer, currently teaching at William & Mary and other area schools but soon to be Assistant Professor of Acting, Movement, & Stage Combat at the University of Wyoming. An award-winning fight choreographer and sole proprietor of Fight Designer, LLC, Kevin also has his first book coming out in June, The Theatrical Firearms Handbook.

 

 

 

Michael Kirkland

 

Michael Kirkland

SAFD Certified Teacher; Faculty: Regent University

 

Michael Kirkland, MFA, Ph.D., an SAFDCertified Teacher, serves as head of the MFA Acting program at Regent University where he teaches acting, movement, and stage combat. He has guest taught at RADA and Birmingham School of Acting in England and has staged fights for Houston Grand Opera, Houston Shakespeare Festival, New Stage Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre and professional and educational venues around the U.S. He is author of Stage Combat: An Annotated Bibliography (Praeger, 2006).

 

 

 

Richard Ryan

 

Richard Ryan

SAFD Fight Master

 

Richard is an award winning Fight Director. His credits include Stunt Coordinator on Ironclad, Rolling Thunder and Faintheart. Fight Coordinator on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Gulliver's Travels, Sherlock Holmes, The Dark Knight (winner SAG Best Stunt Ensemble & Taurus Stunt Award Best Fight).

He was Swordmaster on The Eagle, Solomon Kane, Drona, 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.

'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.

 

 

 

Dave White

 

Dave White

Wing Chun Kung Fu Certified Instructor

 

Dave White is a certified Instructor in Wing Chun Kung Fu and has been teaching for over 20 years. He is a 26 year Law Enforcement Veteran and served as a "Point-Man" on a Hostage Rescue Team. He has taught and created programs for many law enforcement and military groups. He has worked as a tactical consultant for the Discovery Channel's Spy Tech, Dominion Pictures, and The FBI files. He has worked on many student films at Regent University. He will be continuing his training in acting at the actor's place in Va Beach, VA. Along with acting he has recently written, acted, and directed a small film titled "Wiseman" which will showcase local actors and his non-classical version of Wing Chun in several fight scenes. He is working towards starting a business that involves self defense, fitness, and a program to teach actors tactics and fighting skills for film.

 

 

Mike Yahn

 

Dave White

SAFD Certified Teacher

 

Mike Yahn is a Certified Teacher through the Society of American Fight Directors, a partner in Combat Incorporated, and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His fight choreography has been seen at Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, Theater for a New Audience, the New York Film Academy, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York University, NYC Fringe Festival, the New England Shakespeare Festival, Close Combat Instructional Videos, and the Pirates of the Caribbean toy commercials. Hooked on stage combat ever since he saw Fight Master J. David Brimmer pretend to destroy a man's face with an invisible cannon ball, he has worked as Brimmer's assistant both on and off Broadway in such productions as Spring Awakening the Musical, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Bug, and Speed the Plow. He is also an instructor of Wing Tsun (Wing Chun) kung fu, traveling from Hong Kong to Budapest studying the art (including a demonstration on Discovery Channel's Fight Quest). He currently runs his own branch of City Wing Tsun in NYC's East Village and last year stunt doubled Mark Strong on the film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr.

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