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Stage Combat Workshop Teaching Staff

Department of Theatre and Dance

UWYO Stage Combat Workshop, 2017 Teaching Staff


SAFD Certified Teacher and Fight Director Tim Pinnow: Tim has been working in theatrical violence since the mid 1980's.  He became an Actor/Combatant in 1992, a Certified Teacher in 1995, and a Fight Director in 1997.  His fight choreography of more than 75 productions has been seen at Shakespeare in Sante Fe, The American Southwest Theatre Company, Shakespeare-on-the-Rocks, Creede Repertory Theatre, Duke University, St. Olaf College, New Mexico State University, The Durango Shakespeare Festival, and The Hippodrome State Theatre of Florida.  He is currently a Professor of Theatre Arts and Head of the Department at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado.  He is also an 8th degree black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, the world's only remaining ninja lineage and is a personal student of ninja Grandmaster Maasaki Hatsumi.

Mike Speck

SAFD Certified Teacher Mike Speck joined the SAFD in 2004 and certified as a teacher in July 2016. He served as the Mid-America Regional Representative for the SAFD from 2007 to early 2010, the Friend/Actor Combatant/Advanced Actor Combatant rep on the SAFD's Governing Body from 2010-2012, and the Regional Rep Coordinator from 2013-2015. He co-founded (and still co-coordinates) the Carnage in the Corn regional workshop at Drake University in Des Moines, as well as Minneapolis's Brawl of America.

Mike has an MFA from Western Illinois University, a BA from Luther College, and degrees in Arts & Cultural Management and Project Management from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. He has choreographed many productions for Indiana State University and for colleges and universities in greater Minnesota.

Sarah Shannon

Sarah Shannon is in the final year of the MFA Acting Program at Western Illinois University, where she has begun the journey of gaining experience in fight direction and teaching stage combat. She was introduced to stage combat in 2008 through her martial arts sensei, and fell immeasurably in love with the art form. She has been training Internationally with multiple fight organizations and teachers, and had the privilege of teaching her first workshop class at this year's Paddy Crean International Workshop 16/17. She is moving to Philadelphia upon graduation to work under the mentorship of Fight Master Ian Rose, with whom she is mentoring for both the SAFD and Fight Directors Canada. Sarah was recently honoured with the Henry Marshall Award at the 2014/2015 Paddy Crean International Workshop, and the Paddy Crean Award at the 2013 American Nationals Stage Combat Workshop.


SAFD Certified Teacher Kevin Inouye: Kevin joined the faculty at the UWYO this past Fall, bringing with him 17 years of training and experience in stage combat and stunt work. In addition to being a certified teacher, he and Jefe are amongst about 20 SAFD-recognized Theatrical Firearms Instructors, and Kevin is the author of The Theatrical Firearms Handbook, published last year. He is a union stunt performer (SAG-AFTRA) and award-winning fight choreographer in addition to his position as Assistant Professor of Acting, Movement, & Stage Combat. He has assistant-coordinated the long-running and popular Virginia Beach Bash stage combat and stunt workshop for the past few years, taught at workshops across the continent, and is the coordinator for the UWYO Stage Combat Workshop.

WISDOM FROM THE ARMOURY No.19 - The Corps a Corps, with Brian Byrnes

Byrnes fight video
In this episode, we examine the Corps-a-Corps and its use, specifically, within Broadsword choreography. Special guest, Fight Master Brian Byrnes, joins us to lend his expertise on the subject.

Kevin Inouye Demo Reel

Inouye demo reel
A selection of projects for which Fight Designer, LLC and/or sole proprietor Kevin Inouye have provided stunts, fight choreography, armoring, gun wrangling, acting, swordmaster, or other services.

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