Category Archives: Stage Combat

Slapstick 101

This past winter I had the great pleasure of working with a powerhouse cast of women on Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Randolph Academy.  For those who don’t know this play, it is described as an absurdist, existentialist, … Continue reading

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Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger Part 3: Stages Of Recovery

Immediately after an injury you go into survival mode. There’s all sorts of new things to contend with – mobility issues, appointments, trying to sort out what you can keep doing, what you can’t, pain management, disability claims and so … Continue reading

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Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger Part 2: The Tragedy and the Comedy of Crutches

I like to think I can do anything I set my mind to. But there are times your body fails you, and it can be quite eye opening.  My first day on crutches, I got up early after being up … Continue reading

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Stage Fighting vs. Screen Fighting

The majority of my fifteen years of fighting has been spent performing and fight directing for stage. However in the last six years or so I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to apply my skills on screen. … Continue reading

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Best Workshop Ever

For almost ten years I”ve been hearing about the Paddy Crean Workshop, and the cries of “You MUST go!” and “What?! You”ve never been??” grew and grew. Finally, at the FDC Nationals last year, these cries became impossible to ignore … Continue reading

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Knifeplay at Bond vs. Bourne!

So this past November I had the pleasure and honour of being invited to DC to teach at Tooth and Claw“s Bond vs. Bourne workshop. It was an awesome workshop that focused on guns, knives, close quarter combat and parkour. … Continue reading

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What does a Fight Sound Like?

I had a great term teaching at the Randolph Academy this year! I have been focusing very hard on getting students to use their entire bodies to create the illusion of force and power. I find, especially in basic stage … Continue reading

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Stunts and Me

Several people have asked me to write a blog about how I got into stunts and how best to get into the industry. I have been hesitant to write this blog because am relatively new to professional stunts. I wouldn”t … Continue reading

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A Peek into Casey Choreographing a Castration

Alright, now that I”ve outlined the basics of what I do, I am going to try to write shorter blogs. This next one might be a bit racy, as it is about one of my most recent fight directing jobs. … Continue reading

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More than Speed

Speed is very important in fights – it”s exciting, it hides the mechanics of certain techniques, and it helps convey the chaotic energy of characters fighting to survive. But speed is not everything. If actors simply go as fast as … Continue reading

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