Amelia Fischer, Kyle Curry, Houston Shakespeare Festival

SAFD Stage Combat

Fight Choreography

Certified in Unarmed, Single Sword, and Quarterstaff, with additional training and experience in Broadsword, Knife, and Sword and Sheild, I am commited to creating safe, character/story driven choreography for stage or screen.  My certification and training come from the Society of American Fight Directors , an internationally recognized organization with whom I am currently an Actor Comabtant. 
 
I have choreographed stage violence for productions ranging in style from heroic swashbuckling, to restoration farce, to Shakespearean tragedy, to domestic abuse.  Whether you have one shove or a multi-phrase battle, I will ensure that your actors feel secure and your audience is engaged.  
 
To start collaborating, download my resume below and  let me know  about your production needs!
 
Stage Combat Workshops
Want to advance your skills or get your students excited about theatre?  My brother, Connor Hammond , and I have done workshops for colleges, high schools, middle schools, and conferences.  
 
Check out our two examples, then  drop me an email with your needs, and we'll be happy to tailor a fight experience just for you!
Fight Club: Unarmed
You Shall Not Pass: Quarterstaff
Take on the world of Unarmed Stage Combat in this physically active and fast paced workshop!  Discover how to make slaps, punches, and kicks both effective and safe with the same techniques used in professional theatres and films like Divergent and Sherlock Holmes.  
What do Gandalf the Grey, Little John, and Rey have in common?  Quarterstaff training.  Join this elite group by learning the basics of short-form Quarterstaff and immediately apply it to professional fight choreography in a stage combat scene.
  

FIGHT DIRECTOR

The Speckled Band: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Romeo and Juliet
The Liar
Cyrano de Bergerac

Classical Theatre Company
Baker Shakespeare
Blinn College
Blinn College

​Classical Theatre Company
Baker Shakespeare
Blinn College
​Blinn College

Dir. Troy Scheid
Dir. Rob Kimbro
Dir. Greg Wise
Dir. Greg Wise

2015
2014
2015
2014

FIGHT CAPTAIN

Macbeth
Henry IV Part I
Othello
Taming of the Shrew
​Henry V
​Houston Shakespeare Festival
Houston Shakespeare Festival
Houston Shakespeare Festival
​Houston Shakespeare Festival
​University of Houston
Fight Dir. Adam Noble
Fight Dir. Adam Noble
Fight Dir. Jack Young
Fight Dir. Jack Young
​Fight Dir. Jack Young
2015
2014
2011
2011
​2010

COMBAT INSTRUCTOR

Tennessee Thespian Conference, Murfreesboro and Memphis, TN -- 2013-16
  • “Fight Club” - Taught advanced Unarmed techniques and choreography
  • “Bourne to Knife Fight” - Assist. Connor Hammond in teaching Knife vs. Magazine choreography
  • “You Shall Not Pass” - Taught Quarterstaff basic techniques and choreography

St. John’s School, Houston, TX -- 2014-15
  • Taught semester long classes in beginning Unarmed, Quarterstaff, and Single Sword for high school students, culminating in scenes based on skills proficiency test format

SAFD Texas Intensive, Houston, TX -- 2014, 2015
  • TA for Jake Quinn’s Martial Knife, Leraldo Anzaldua’s Rapier Dagger, Luke Fedell’s Broadsword
  • Intern for the Intensive: cared for armory, partnered in uneven classes

University of Houston, Houston, TX -- 2011
  • TA for Brian Byrnes’ Stage Combat class, culminated in skills proficiency tests in Unarmed and Quarterstaff
  • Assisted Mike Chin during the MFA’s skills proficiency test in Single Sword  

COMBAT SKILLS & TRAINING

             SAFD Recommended Pass in: Single Sword, Quarterstaff, Unarmed
             Experience in: Broadsword, Rapier Dagger, Small Sword, Knife, Kali, Archery, Tomahawk
 
MFA in Acting, University of Houston PATP
BA in Dramatic Arts, Coastal Carolina University, Summa Cum Laude