About

Us

Humble Warrior Movement Arts is a multi-faceted movement company based in Denver, Colorado. Our goal is to provide safe and effective physical training as well as brave and affecting physical storytelling.

Humble Warrior seeks to serve the community by presenting opportunities for high caliber movement classes and workshops which not only build physical skill sets but also ignite conversation, enhance awareness, and inspire growth. 

We also offer services to theatrical productions looking to develop and enhance the physical storytelling of moments of violence or intimacy on stage in the work in safe, consensual, and dynamic ways. 

Redemption: Tournament of Heroes

Writer, Director & Fight Director: Samantha Egle

Keep climbing

Keep Climbing is our motto and our mission.

We believe in building braver spaces for stronger artists to make better work.

 

Each process, project, or production is an opportunity to pursue excellence and experience how we can make more effective and affecting work within the collaborative art form of theatre. 

 

We strive to embrace evolution and innovation, invest in education and advocacy within the fields of our expertise. Our continued dedication to development of the craft is what will bring the best work to the spaces in which we work and the stories we endeavor to tell. 

Humble Warrior offerings include:

Theatrical Fight Direction

Theatrical Intimacy Direction

Dramatic Combat Training

 Skills Proficiency Test Classes for the SAFD

Consent , Communication & Closure for the Stage Training

Pilates Classes & Private Sessions

About the Team

Samantha Egle
Founder & Owner
She/her/hers

Samantha is a movement director and instructor  specializing in dramatic combat and intimate action.  Samantha has been training and working as a fight  director for a decade and has more recently  expanded her movement direction work to include intimacy for the stage. She focuses on building consent, facilitating communication and developing affecting moments of physical storytelling on stage.

Samantha is a Certified Teacher and Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and an Apprentice with Intimacy Directors International.

She is a certified Pilates instructor and the owner of Humble Warrior Movement Arts LLC through which she teaches Pilates and hosts theatrical movement workshops and classes in the American rocky mountain region.


She is the current regional representative for the Rocky Mountain Region within the Society of American Fight Directors. She additionally serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the International Order of the Sword and the Pen. 

She was an artist in residence at Arena Stage for the 2018-19 season. 

She is a proud associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.

She received her Bachelors of Science from Northwestern University where she studied theatre and creative writing for the media. In addition to her work as a movement specialist, Samantha has worked in the artistic/literary offices of The Public Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She additionally works as a house and theatre services manager at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Angie Jepson 
Social Media Manager
She/her/hers

Angie hails from Boston where she is a fight director, intimacy director, actress, and professor.  Fight directing credits include: The Niceties with Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Company, and the Huntington Theatre Company, Tiger Style!, Becoming Cuba and M with the Huntington Theatre Company, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Fences with Gloucester Stage Company, The Scottsboro Boys, Appropriate, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Bad Jews with SpeakEasy Stage Company, Camelot with New Repertory Theatre, and Guards at the Taj with Central Square Theatre, among many others.  Intimacy directing credits include:  Her Naked Skin and Dead Man Walking at the Boston Conservatory, Pipeline with Central Square Theatre, and Fefu and Her Friends, kemps, and Dry Swallow with Brown University, among many others.  As an actress, Angie has worked with many of the same companies, and as a professor, Angie currently teaches at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the New England Conservatory, UMass Boston, and the Brown/Trinity MFA program.  In addition to her career as a theatre artist, Angie is a mom to a rambunctious and joyful 5-year old.  Angie received her MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, and she is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Ian Rose
Instructor
He/him/his

IAN ROSE (FIGHT DIRECTOR) has arranged fights for commercials, film and stage, and been working in the New York and Philadelphia areas for over twenty-five years. Ian is a Fight Master with Fight Directors Canada and The Society of American Fight Directors. Ian has worked on Broadway (Les Liaisons Dangereuses,  Liev Schrieber and Janet McTeer at the Booth), the Bridewell Theatre in London, MTM Studios in Rome, Riverside Shakespeare and Interborough Repertory Theatre in New York City, the Whole Theatre in New Jersey, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company (Adrift in Macao, Chris Durang premiere) Equivocation and Streetcar Named Desire at the Arden and Hamlet and Octaroon at the Wilma.  Ian's fights were featured in Philadelphia: The Great Experiment –Disorder.  Ian was a Technical Advisor on the film A Winter’s Tale.  

Jess Finley
Instructor
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Jess Finley has had a sword in her had for the past twenty years. Her initial interest was in stage combat, but not too long after beginning that pursuit began to ask "... but how did they really fight" and from that question branched out to German Medieval Martial Arts. She is the head instructor at Ritterkunst Turhalle in Lawrence, Kansas. She has taught and competed internationally at events like the Western Martial Arts Workshop in Chicago, USA; Paddy Crean International Workshop in Banff, Canada; Swordfish in Gothenburg, Sweden; and Longpoint in Baltimore, USA and has taught intensives at various events and schools, as well as weekend private intensives at her home.  She also has a background studying Judo under the tutelage of Arden Cowherd of Topeka Judo Club. 

She is a published author, having written a book entitled "Medieval Wrestling" on the fifteenth century Master Ott's wrestling treatise of German wrestling techniques..  She also researches medieval clothing construction and fabric armor, and has presented her findings at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo and published an article in Medieval Clothing and Textiles (Boydell and Brewer) on her study of a 15th century quilted armor.

Jessica currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her family. In between “kid-wrangling” her children and remodeling her house, she writes books and does her assigned physical therapy exercises.

Jake Guinn
Instructor
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Jake Guinn is an Atlanta based Action Director, Playwright, and Movement Artist.  He is Artistic Director and a Founding Member of Havoc Movement Company. Jake is a second generation Fight Director following in the footsteps of his father and mentor. His selected credits include Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes, TruTV’s Fake/Off, Titanic at Serenbe Playhouse, Hero’s Wife at Synchronicity Theatre, the Woodruff Arts Center, Actor's Theatre Lousiville, Florida Repertory Theatre, Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Playhouse, Folding Chair Theatre, Southern Arkansas University, Louisiana Tech University, and The Seedling Project of Atlanta. 

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