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Welcome to The Social Distance Showdown!

A Virtual Weekend

Stage Combat Workshop

May 16- 17, 2020



Click for a taste of what's to come..

Welcome to the Resistance!

A band of fighters actively opposing the forces of “Social Distancing”. 


We may all be dutifully sequestered and physically distancing, 

but we refuse to let that keep our community apart! 


Proudly presented by

Flying V, Humble Warrior Movement Arts, and Six Elements Theatre 

We are thrilled to offer you an entire weekend of opportunities to gather, train and strengthen our bonds of fellowship!


What is the Social Distance Showdown? 

The SDS is a 2 Day Virtual Weekend Workshop. 

Over the course of the weekend, a plethora of classes will be offered covering all manner of stage combat topics. 


We’ve assembled a staff of renowned professionals from around the world eager to share their knowledge and expertise with you in the comfort of your own home. 


Classes have been tailored to engagement in your space, whatever shape that may be. Though some may encourage a bit of creativity on your part. 


No weapons? No problem! Weapon based classes offer alternative in-home items you can use to engage with the work.


While we cannot replace the losses of the 8 stage combat workshops that could not take place this spring, nor compare to the revelry of an in-person workshop, we hope you will join us in our virtual classrooms.



Ready to Register? Click Here

We're offering 3 Structures of Classes

Food for Thought


Experts will explore particular aspects of the field and share their knowledge in a presentation format. 

There will be opportunities to ask questions.

On Your Feet

Active Classes

Instructors will lead and demonstrate an active stage combat training session which you can follow along at home. 

They’re designed to be performed in your space and with ordinary objects if you’ve no theatrical weapons available. 

There will be opportunities to ask questions but not much, if any, individual feedback.

Close Encounters

Small Class Seminars

Getting a little more up close and personal, these seminars will be limited space classes for folks to engage a little more deeply either in conversation about a particular topic or practice of a particular discipline and receive more individual feedback.

If the class is full, we will start a wait-list. For more details click here.

Saturday May 16


Period 1

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm EDT

9:00 am - 10:10 am PDT

Period 2

1:30 pm - 2:40 pm EDT

10:30 am - 11:40 am PDT

On Your Feet

Food for Thought

Close Encounters

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Waitlisted

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Waitlisted

Period 3

3:00 pm - 4:10 pm EDT

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm PDT

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Waitlisted

Period 4

4:30 pm - 5:40 pm EDT

1:30 pm - 2:40 pm PDT

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Waitlisted

Evening Panel

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT

Saturday Evening Activity

Netflix Parties!

Sunday May 17


Period 1

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm EDT

9:00 am - 10:10 am PDT

Producing Companies

Period 2

1:30 pm - 2:40 pm EDT

10:30 am - 11:40 am PDT

On Your Feet

Food for Thought

Close Encounters

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Waitlisted

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Waitlisted

Period 3

3:00 pm - 4:10 pm EDT

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm PDT

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Waitlisted

Period 4

4:30 pm - 5:40 pm EDT

1:30 pm - 2:40 pm PDT

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Open

Class Status: Waitlisted

Evening Panel

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT

Evening Activity



Andrew Dylan Ray


Andrew Ray is an actor, fight director and educator who works from coast to coast. He is a Certified Fight Director and Stage Combat Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors that holds a BA in Theatre from The University of Kentucky and an MA in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University where he studied performance and stage movement. Andrew currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana but spends a portion of the year in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky where he serves as stage combat instructor at the University of Kentucky. On top of that he teaches stage combat and directs fights in New York, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina Missouri and Florida. He also spends time in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York working as a motion capture performer and fight coordinator. He is one of the lead motion capture performers for the Agents of Mayhem, We Happy Few, Saint’s Row and Borderlands video game franchises. He also works as a motion capture actor for Penn and Teller.

Dan Granke



Dan is a Director, Fight Director, Intimacy Director, and Movement Specialist based in Tampa, Fl.

Selected Professional Fight Direction credits include: The Black Suits (Joe's Pub), Born Yesterday, Morning After Grace, and The Little Foxes (Asolo Repertory Theatre), FLY and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Florida Studio Theatre), The Piano Lesson, The Mountain Top, and Dearly Departed (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe),  Vietgone, The Invisible Hand and Bad Jews (American Stage),  The Niceties, Dry Land, Dike, and Pilgrims (Urbanite), Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard the III (Tampa Shakes), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety and In the Blood (Stageworks), As You Like It, A Skull In Conemarra, and Gloucester Blue (Jobsite Theatre), Don Giovanni, Faust, Il Trovatore, Carmen, Tales of Hoffman, and La Boheme (St Petersburg Opera), Voodoo Macbeth and Take Me Out (Studio 620), A View from the Bridge (Tampa Rep), Appropriate (Three Bone Theatre) and Unto these Hills and Time of War (Cherokee Historical Association)

Directing Credits include: Ready Steady Yeti Go (Stageworks) Macbeth and Richard III (Tampa Shakes) Beruit and Blue Surge (Cena/Cenari) Bethany and Tender Napalm (TRT2) and US Drag, They Don't Pay We Won't Pay, and She Kills Monsters (Theatre USF) They are currently the director of Unto these Hills 71st season.

They hold a BFA from the University of Michigan, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. They teach movement and acting at the University of South Florida. They are certified as a teacher and fight director by the SAFD, and as an intimacy director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators.

In addition to stage combat training, they have extensive experience in mask, mime, physical comedy, and devising. They also has extensive experience in the martial arts, including Tai Chi, Aikido, SAMBO, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They have also served as an associate instructor of Historical Fencing, with Krieg School Tampa Bay, where they taught longsword and dussack based on the work of Joachim Meyer.

H. Russ Brown


H. Russ Brown is a nationally recognized theatre artist currently serving as Head of Theatre / Artistic Director at College of the Mainland. A Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, he has choreographed violence for over 100 productions in professional theaters across the country over the past 30 years. Some of H. Russ’ most recent fight direction “gigs” include Tosca at Opera In The Heights and the Alley Theatre’s The Three Musketeers, winning him the 2019 Houston Press Theatre Award for Best Fight Director. Holding an M.F.A.- Acting from Western Illinois University, his areas of expertise include acting, voice/dialects, stage movement, and, of course, stage combat. www.a2dtstagecombat.com

Ian Rose


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.  

Jake Guinn


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. 

Jenny Male



Jenny Male is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and has served as the Fight Choreographer for such DC/Baltimore theatres as Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, Rep Stage, Everyman Theatre, Factory 449, Adventure Theatre, Imagination Stage, Maryland Opera Studio, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Maryland Lyric Opera, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Red Branch Theatre Company. Jenny is a certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors & Coordinators and is Resident Fight and Intimacy Director for Rep Stage in Columbia, Maryland.  In 2002, Jenny earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy with an emphasis in Movement & Fight Direction from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2018, she received the SAFD President’s Award and was elected to serve as the Certified Teacher representative for the SAFD Governing Body. Jenny has taught at several SAFD regional workshops including the Summer Sling, Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop, Carnage in the Corn, and the Virginia Beach Bash. Jenny is Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard Community College and is a member of VASTA, ATME, and SDC.



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.

Kathryn Jacobs


Kathryn Jacobs is an alumni of the University of Minnesota. She holds Bachelor's degrees in both Theater Arts and Psychology, and a Master's Degree in Psychology. She has been teaching psychology at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University since 2012, specializing in introductory psychology and the psychology of mental disorders. She has been a cast member of the Six Elements produced Human Combat Chess for six out of its ten years, and looks forward to participating in the production in the future. She is also the world record holder for Most Fingernail Trimmings Collected From A Swimming Pool. She has taught her Psychology of Violence class for two previous iterations of the Brawl of America, and looks forward to the challenge presented by teaching a full class remotely. 

Leraldo Anzaldua



LERALDO ANZALDUA is a Houston,TX based Actor, and a Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors and choreographer with Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Theatres include:  Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theatre Cardinal Stage and Indiana Repertory Theatre. He is a voiceover talent of almost 100 characters with Sentai Filmworks including: Ken/ G-1 -Gatchaman;; Takashi- High School of the Dead; Halo Legends, Noda- Angel Beats, Kei Tsukishima – Haikyu!;Ryo Kurokiba – Food Wars! With Funimation: Largo – One Piece and many more. He has many titles currently on Netflix, Hulu and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. He has been a motion capture performer and fight director with Sony Pictures: Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars; Appleseed: Alpha. Starship Troopers: Invasion in Tokyo, Japan. He has been a Motion Capture Fight Director & Talent for video games: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay; Just Cause; Knights of the Temple: The Infernal Crusade in Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden.

He has received a Master’s Degree in Acting from the University of Houston. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Movement and Stage Combat with the Dept of Drama, Theatre & Contemporary Dance at IU.    

Mark Guinn



Mark is the Director of the School of Theatre and a Professor of Design and Movement at Louisiana Tech University. 

Mark received his B.A. from Centre College of Kentucky and his M.F.A. from Memphis State University. He is a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors and a Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.

Mark has collaborated on original productions with William Joyce, Mikel Rouse, and the Flaming Idiots. All in search of Einstein’s, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science”.

He is currently directing his way thru the complete works Qui Nguyen.

Meron Langsner



Meron Langsner, PhD - Meron has composed violence for over 175 productions, independent films, and tours in venues ranging from LORT Theatres (ART, Merrimack Rep) to prestigious academic institutions (Boston University, Brandeis, PACE).  He has published widely on stage combat and theatrical movement, with bylines in American Theatre, Backstage, The Fight Master, HowlRound, The Sondheim Review, and The Theatre Times, as well as peer-reviewed scholarly outlets. As a playwright, he was one of three writers selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies.  His work has been performed around the country and overseas, and published by Bloomsbury, Smith & Kraus, Applause, and YouthPLAYS. Meron had the honor of being in the first cohort of the Summer Sling Choreographer's Track, and since then has returned to the track every year as a faculty member.  He holds an MFA in Theatre Arts: Playwriting from Brandeis, an MA in Performance Theory from NYU/Tisch, and a PhD in Theatre History from Tufts University.  He is currently in the NYC cohort of Stony Brook University's Audio Podcast Fellows. More at www.MeronLangsner.com

Mike Yahn



Mike Yahn is a Stunt Coordinator and Fight Coordinator based in New Orleans with over a decade of experience in the professional film industry.  Recently the fight coordinator for season 2 of USA’s THE PURGE and the current stunt coordinator for Blumhouse’s collaboration with Amazon Prime pictures’ AMAZON 8, he is also a senior instructor (Sifu) at City Wing Tsun in self defense classes, a partner in the NYC based stage & film combat teaching company Combat Incorporated (www.combatinc.com), and a private instructor to professional actors, stunt performers, military personnel, police officers, and corporate heads. His work includes major motion pictures, television, commercials, self-defense instructional videos, stage fights, and comic books. For more information, please go to www.havestuntswilltravel.com

 or IMDB.com (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3139735/?ref_=nv_sr_1).  

Basically he has done a bunch of shit and worked on some cool projects.

Accolades and Accreditation: 

  • SAG Best Stunt Ensemble Nomination for DAREDEVIL season 3

  • Microwave Award Best fights for DAREDEVIL season 3 prison fight one shot (performance)

  • Winner Best Fights for New Orleans 48 film festival OL’GIRL

  • Certified Teacher through the SAFD

  • National Instructor for City Wing Tsun Kung Fu 2012 onwards

  • Expert in Wing Tsun Kung Fu, Sifu title under Grandmaster Leung Ting in 201

Nigel Poulton



Nigel is an award-winning movement, fight and intimacy director / coordinator,  SAG-AFTRA / MEAA stunt performer and actor with over 25 years of professional experience. Nigel is a certified Intimacy Coordinator and Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC), an Instructor, Fight Director and past President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc; a Certified Fight Director and Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors; an Honorary Fight Director with Fight Directors Canada; and has been certified with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Nigel has particular expertise in kinaesthetic movement processes and combat systems, classical, historical and adaptive swordplay, and edged weapon use. Nigel has worked internationally over the last fifteen years, is a classically trained fencer under the tutorship of Maestri Ramon and Jeanette Martinez of the Martinez Academy of Arms and has trained and taught extensively in Historical European Martial Arts throughout the world, and has over 20 years experience in a variety of mainland and archipelago Asian martial systems. Nigel is also a practitioner of Vsevelod Meyerhold’s Theatrical Biomechanics system, having trained intensively with the system’s current custodian Gennadi Bogdanov.


Choreography credits include the Australian Ballet (2018), the New York City Ballet (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018), The Metropolitan Opera (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2014 and 2015), Sydney Theatre Company, the Bell Shakespeare Company, Washington Opera Company (2002 tour of Japan), Opera Australia, Circus Oz, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Belvoir Street, La Boite Theatre (Brisbane), Playbox Theatre (Melbourne), and Kooemba Jdarra (Brisbane).


Nigel’s film work includes: Occupation 2, Pirates of the Carribean V, Deadline Gallipoli, The Water Diviner, The Bourne Legacy, Vikingdom and Winter’s Tale. Through Nigel’s association with Weapons Specialists Ltd creative team in New York, he has worked on set for productions including: The Good Wife (Scott Free Productions), Person of Interest (Kilter Films), One Shot (Paramount Pictures), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Salt (Columbia Pictures), I Am Legend (Warner Bros. Pictures), Sopranos – 1997 Season (HBO), The Ministers, (Collective), 30 Rock (Broadway Video) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Wolf Films).


Last year Nigel was invited to co-teach the Advanced Actor Combatant stream at the SAFD National Stage Combat Workshop, and in August 2016 Nigel represented the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc and the Society of American Fight Directors at the inaugural World Stage Combat Training Conference in Toronto, Canada. He has been studying and teaching various martial and combat systems for over 15 years and was on faculty (part-time) as resident stage combat instructor at the University of Southern Queensland from 2001 to 2012. Nigel was also the stage combat instructor at the National Institute of Dramatic Art from 2000 to 2003, and has been a guest teacher at institutions such as The John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts and The Shakespeare Theatre Academy for Classical Acting (Washington DC). Nigel is also a past coordinator of the Paddy Crean International Workshop and Symposium and has been a regular guest presenter at various historical swordplay conferences throughout Australia. Nigel was also a guest presenter at the 2006 World Shakespeare Congress.


In 2012 Nigel was the recipient of the Melbourne Green Room Awards for outstanding contribution to the Melbourne stage, and has gratefully received grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and Queensland Arts Council in 2005 and 2008 to undertake continuing professional development with leading theatre practitioners throughout the world.

Patrick Kelly


Patrick has been teaching classes at the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1992 where he also serves as Program Coordinator and Faculty Advisor for the Martial Arts Committee in the Dept of Recreational Sports. He has presented on Martial Arts in Physical Education to the Indiana Department of Education establishing a teaching pedagogy for attribute development, skill acquisition and self-defense application. He was part of the Wick Lab Project which investigated the metabolic and injury burden of the character John Wick in the John Wick franchise.


He has studied concepts and techniques from several martial arts including, Jun-fan Kickboxing, Wing Chun Gung Fu, Muay Thai, Savate, Kali/Escrima, Penjak Silat, Hapkido, Shoot-fighting, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, T’ai Chi, Fencing, Longsword Fencing (Liechtenauer), and Archery in addition to tactical firearms training.


He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and has designed and performed violence for several films and projects including music video and mo-cap, most recently serving as Stunt Coordinator for "So Cold the River", the feature film based on best selling author Michael Koryta's book.


He served on the Stunt Team for the History Channel's Vikings and is currently working on Valhalla in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. 




Robb Hunter is an SAFD Fight Master and Theatrical Firearms Instructor and long-time member of SDC, AEA and SAG/AFTRA. Mr. Hunter has choreographed award-winning violence, including more than a few shootings, for The Shakespeare Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera, Arena Stage, The Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Olney Theatre, Theatre Harlem, The Black Spectrum Theatre, HBO and many other venues. He is currently the Combat Instructor for The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting, the Choreographer in Residence at American University and a member of the MFA faculty at The Catholic University of America. In addition, Robb has taught all over the country for such institutions as The Shakespeare Theatre, The Studio Theatre Conservatory, George Mason University, McDaniel College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC), the SAFD National Stage Combat Workshop and regional workshops of all sorts. Robb has performed, fought, and died gloriously on stages all across the US, from under the bright lights of Lincoln Center to the sandy amphitheaters of outdoor drama. As the founder of the theatrical prop weapon company, Preferred Arms, Inc., he literally faces each day, ‘sword in hand.’

Ruth Cooper-Brown


Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd UK Fight Director

Ruth co founded Rc-Annie Ltd with Rachel Bown-Williams in 2005. Ruth is a certified Teacher and Examiner of the BADC, she served on the committee for 10 years (chair person for 6 years). Recent theatre includes: The Prince of Egypt (The Dominion theatre), Macbeth (The Globe), A Monster Calls (the Old Vic), The Welkin (National Theatre), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Bridge), Noises Off (The Vaudeville), Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It (the RSC). She is also the resident Stage Combat teacher for the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

Siobhan Richardson


Siobhan Richardson is a certified Fight Director (Fight Directors Canada) and an internationally-respected instructor, and has taught stage combat across Canada, USA and Europe, including international events such as the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop, Fight Directors Canada's National Workshops, and the Nordic Stage Fight Society's Summer Workshops. In 2009, she received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship Award from the Ontario Arts Council, which allowed her to travel to Washington (DC), England and Sweden to study with some of the world's foremost Fight Directors. She has completed three separate teaching tours of Europe which included Sweden, Norway, Estonia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Germany and France. In all her work, Siobhan is dedicated to the growth and development of the art form, the artists and our workplaces in order to support a vibrant and healthy artistic community. She’s also an intimacy director, a pioneer voice in this specialty across Canada, and an award-winning performer. Recent Credits include:

Fight Director:  Knives in Hens (Coal Mine Theater), Getting Married (Shaw Festival), The Penelopiad (The Grand Theatre), The Model Apartment (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), A Christmas Story (The Grand Theatre), The Jungle Book (Kidoons Network) Frankenstein’s Boy (Eldritch Theatre).


Intimacy and Fight Director: Room (The Grand Theatre, co-production with Covent Garden Productions, England, and Mirvish Productions, Canada), The Unnatural and Accidental Women (NAC Indigenous Theatre and NAC English Theatre), Sex and The Russian Play (Shaw Festival), Guarded Girls (Tarragon Theatre), Four Chords and a Gun (Starvox Entertainment), The House of Martin Guerre (Canadian Musical Theatre Projects)

www.SiobhanRichardson.com            instagram: @fighteractress

youtube: www.youtube.com/actorsr

Scottie Witt


Scott Witt is an award-winning entertainment practitioner and educator. With a career spanning, just over thirty-five years he continuously works in stage, television, film, and the corporate sector. Scott's career embraces acting, writing, fight directing, directing, intimacy advocacy, designing movement, physical dramaturgy, slapstick, and clowning. His work in Australia has been seen all over the country including companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Opera Australia, La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre, Zen Zen Zo, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, and many independent features and short films. Performances Scott has directed have played throughout Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe and Hong Kong. During 2002 and 2003 he was the Intern and Associate Director for the Queensland Theatre under Michael Gow. In 2004 Scott completed a Master in Fine Arts at Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology.


As a drama lecturer his skill base includes Acting, Clowning, Street Theatre, Improvisation, Creative State, Mask, Commedia, Stage Combat, Fighting for Camera and Slapstick. He has taught nationally and internationally. Currently his focus is on his own school Combat Circus. Between 2009 and 2016 he was lecturer in movement, improvisation, and comedy at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Acting Head of Movement 2013-2015) and was resident lecturer at QUT from 1997 to 2009 in stage combat and clowning. He has also been a recipient of two Arts Queensland Grants and one Arts NSW Grant for the further development of Stage Combat and Fight Direction. In 2005 Scott received Arts Queensland Grant to stage his one-man clowning show: Handyman.


Scott received a Matilda Award for his Direction of Road to the She-Devil's Salon at Queensland Theatre Company and Long-Term Role as a Fight Director in 2003. His critically acclaimed adaptation and direction of Scapin (a co-production between Queensland Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia) received a Mo Nomination in 2004 for Best Theatre Production of the Year. For his work in 2005 Scott received two Matilda Awards for Best Director (A Christmas Carol for Queensland Theatre Company) and Contribution to Queensland Theatre. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Paddy Crean Award for his Influence and promotion of the historical study of Stage Combat at the International level.


Currently he is the Chief of Communications for Comedy for Communities International. Scott was the Artistic Director for the International Order of the Sword and the Pen from 2008 to 2019. He was the President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Incorporated from 1996 to 2007, an Honorary Member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, Honorary Fight Director of Fight Directors, Canada, and an Honorary Fight Director of the Independent Fight Directors Guild of America. Scott is a proud platinum member of Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance since 1988.

Evening Panels


Tuition Rates

With the flexibility of the internet comes the freedom for you to 

choose your own adventure for this workshop! 


You can register for: 


The Full Workshop: Weekend Pass

$80 USD

(8 classes & 2 Panels)


The Half Workshop: 1 Day Pass

Can be used for either Saturday or Sunday

$50 USD

(4 Classes* & 1 Panel)

*These classes cannot be split up over the weekend. Must all be used in a single day.

À La Carte Classes

$15 USD

Purchase individual classes. 

Take as many as you’d like!

Pay It Forward Classes

Many folks in our industry have been struck hard by financial hardship in the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic closures.


If you find yourself with a few extra dollars and would like to sponsor a class for someone else, select this option at registration. We will use these funds to give folks the opportunity to attend a class who don't otherwise have the means.


If you find yourself unable to afford even a single class, for which there is no shame, you can register for our Paid Forward Scholarship Wait-list. List:  CLICK HERE

We request you thoughtfully register for this list and only do so if your need is sincere.

You are members of our Fight Family and we trust you. 

We cannot guarantee you will receive a class.

Single classes will be distributed through a random selection process.


Any funds that surpass the needs of the scholarship list will be donated to the

Society of American Fight Directors’ Scholarship Fund.


To help keep our tuition low, we will not be providing a complimentary t-shirt.

However, should you want to urchase some merchandise (T-shirt, mug, mouse pad etc.) you can!

Just visit our SDS Merch Store: Click here! 

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Can I get Certified during this workshop?


No. Additionally, please note that the Society of American Fight Directors has qualified that only in-person hours can be counted towards SPT training hours. 

If other members of my household want to participate do they need to register?


Yes. Anyone who engages with our content must register and pay separately as well as agree to the terms and conditions.


Do I need previous stage combat experience?


For some of the classes, you might, but it should be clear in the description whether that class can be engaged with if you're brand new to the work. Unsure? Contact us.

Do I need my own theatrical weapons?


No! You may see some teachers utilize stage combat weapons while teaching their classes, however, they will offer an alternative prop you find in your home (kitchen spoon instead of a sword for example). If you're unsure of what you'll need for any given class, check the description.  But if you have a theatrical weapon that you’d like to use, and the space to use it, you’re welcome to do so!

What do I need for class?


Each class will have different needs and for some you may need to locate some items within your space to use. Each class description will detail what they recommend having at the ready. We also recommend having water close at hand, and an open mind. 

Will there be Social Distance Showdown Workshop T-Shirts?

You better believe it! Unfortunately we are unable to provide a free shirt with registration, however, you can purchase a shirt and have it shipped to your home by clicking here!

How long is registration open? 


Workshop Registration will be open for Weekend Passes, 1 Day Passes for Saturday or Sunday and all A La Carte classes  until 11:59pm EDT on Friday 5/15. You can register for 1 Day Passes for Sunday and Sunday A la Carte classes until 11:59 pm EDT on Saturday 5/16.

How does class sign up work?


Once you have registered and paid, you will be emailed a form to fill out with the classes you’d like to attend. The day prior to the event you will be sent an email with all of the zoom links for the classes for which you are signed-up.


What happens if I need to adjust my registration or class schedule?

If you need to change your registration or class sign ups/personal schedule, just fill out this form! We will do our best to accommodate requested changes. If your request is to transition into a Close Encounter small group seminar and it is full, we will let you know. 

What is the class limit for Close Encounters (Small Group Seminar) Classes?

Each class will have its own class limit based on the instructor's structure for the class. If the class is full when you register, you will be added to the wait-list for the class if desired. Then if a spot opens up in the class we will contact you. 

I only want to take one specific class and it's full. What do I do?

You can add your name to the wait-list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available. See below for more details.

How does the wait-list for the Close Encounters (Small Group Seminars) work?

With limited capacity in our Close Encounters classes, we will be curating wait-lists on a first come-first serve basis. If a spot opens up you will be contacted. Response is critical and mandatory to then reserve your spot in the class. If a spot becomes available BEFORE May 14, you will receive an email and have 24 hours to confirm your continued interest in claiming the spot in the class. If a spot opens up May 14 and AFTER you will get a call or text depending on your preferred contact method and have a 3 hour window to confirm your interest in claiming the spot in the class. If you do not respond within the designated window, the spot may be offered to the next person on the wait-list. Use this form to sign up for a wait-list CLICK HERE.

Will classes be recorded and shared at a later date?

At the instructors' discretion, classes will be recorded and made available for future access for individuals who attended the live class. If you would like to purchase access to the recording of a class you didn't attend, there will likely be an avenue through which to do so. It is possible these recorded videos will not be posted until 1 month after the live event. If you registered for the class, you will be notified of their posting. 

Will I be shown in the recording?

The recording of Zoom meetings features only the speaker of the class. This will often be the teacher. If you are muted, your video won't be part of the recording. If you unmute yourself and speak, then you will likely have anything you say aloud and the video of you saying it included in the recording. 

How should I ask questions in class?

The best way to ask questions is to use the chat function in the Zoom meeting. If you unmute yourself and ask, you may be featured in the recording of the class later posted online. 

Can I split up my 1 Day Pass between classes on both days?

Unfortunately, we can't accommodate a division of a day pass. If you want to take classes on both days but don't want to get the full Weekend Pass, we recommend purchasing the appropriate number of single classes. 



What happens if I hurt myself or break something?

With the instructor unable to be present in your physical space and see it fully, you assume all liability for yourself, your space, the objects and other persons within it. These classes will be taught with safety in mind, as all stage combat training is, however, we cannot see into your space and accommodate for all circumstances in your world. We claim no responsibility for any injury or damaged property. For further details, please refer to the liability waiver you signed in advance of the workshop. We recommend you take all possible precautions in preparing your space for engagement with the classwork.

f you get seriously injured please use your discretion in calling 911 and seeking medical attention. 

What happens if my internet cuts out or my technology kicks me out of class?

Simply restart/relaunch your Zoom. We will have monitors in each room keeping an eye on the wait room. 

Do you have tech support?


We will be using Zoom. If you have trouble downloading it or using it on your device, contact them directly. We will be on hand during the workshop to offer advice and potentially assist you in troubleshooting your issue, directing you to the right buttons. We recommend you ensure you're able to log into your zoom account at least a day before the workshop. We are not able to offer substantial or in-depth tech support across all technological issues that may arise through this medium on your personal device, but will do our best to help where we can.

Do I need a Zoom Pro account to participate?

 Nope! You will need an active email address, to download Zoom and set up a Zoom account. The free account will work just as well as any other account level to engage with our classes. 

What is the refund policy?

All tuition payments may be refunded if registration is withdrawn and cancelled before 11:59 pm EDT on May 11th. A 50% refund can be issued if cancellation is executed between May 12 - and 11:59 EDT on May 13. No refunds will be issued May 14th and beyond. Please contact us directly to make changes to your registration.

Can I get a refund for the class if my technology doesn't work?

Unfortunately, after a class has begun we are unable to issue refunds for technical issues on your end. However, you will still be eligible to receive a recording of the missed class. If it is in advance of the class or workshop, we will handle these inquiries on an individual basis.



Samantha Egle

Samantha is a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors based in Denver, Colorado. She works as a fight and intimacy director throughout Colorado. She is also a 500 hr certified Pilates Instructor, associate instructor of teachers-in-training. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Order of the Sword and the Pen and is the founder of

Humble Warrior Movement Arts LLC.

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Jonathan Ezra Rubin

Jonathan is a Fight & Intimacy Director in the DC Metro Area, as well as the current Associate Artistic Director & former Managing Director for Flying V. He is a 3 time Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Outstanding Choreography, an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the SAFD, Apprenticed with IDI, and is an Associate Member of SDC. His work has been seen on stage at Flying V, The Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Adventure Theatre-MTC, Georgetown University, and more!

Mike Lubke

Mike is an SAFD Certified Teacher based in Minneapolis, MN.  He is the resident Fight Director and founding member of Six Elements Theatre, as well as the owner/lead instructor for private stage combat classes through Art In Arms, LLC.

James Finley

James is a fight choreographer and actor who has been working in the DC area for over 15 years. He and his work have been seen on numerous area stages, including NextStop, Keegan, Rorschach, Flying V, AvantBard, and Constellation Theatres. He is a company member at Flying V Theatre, Co-Communications Director with Live Action Theatre, and an Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

George Stephanie Miller

George is the Logistics Coordinator and  founding member of Six Elements Theatre Company. She is a Stage Manager and Properties Designer in St. Paul, Minnesota.



Nathaniel is the Executive Director of Six Elements Theatre Company and co-owner of Combat Chess United. He is a theatrical producer, director, stage manager and performer based out of Minneapolis, MN.

Producing Companies

Humble Warrior Movement Arts

Flying V 

Six Elements Theatre

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