Annie Duggan


Annie studied acting at The Bridge Theatre Training Company where she found her love of stage combat. She then went onto train with The Academy of Performance Combat as an apprentice and has now been a qualified teacher for 9 years. Living in Bristol Annie now teaches regular stage combat classes and workshops at Bath School of Acting, SGS college, Travelling Light Theatre Company and Bristol School of Acting. She has also been involved in productions such as, Top Boy, The Witcher, Bulletproof, Humans, Avenue 5 as a SPACT and also a body double for an Adidas commercial.
Alongside her fight work Annie also teaches fencing to primary school children, is a keen runner, rock climber and an Army Reservist.


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Jeremy Barlow

Jeremy's Stage Combat career began as a student to Equity Fight Director and APC Examiner Andrew Ashenden, the fight master of Guildford School of Acting. He graduated from GSA as one of the broadest qualified stage combatants in the college's history, with BADC certificates including 6 single weapon specialisations and a recommendation with examiners star at advanced level.

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Lisa Connell

Lisa trained as an actor at The Guildford School of Acting. After which she began training to become a stage combat teacher and now works on behalf of The Academy of Performance Combat teaching regularly at Guildford School of Acting, Northampton University and PPA (Performance Preparation Academy).

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Tom Jordan

Tom is an RSC Associate Practitioner, experienced Instructor and Vice Chairman of the APC. He has taught for Theatre Royal Bath, The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and St. Davids Hall, Cardiff among many other establishments. He is also the lecturer in Stage Combat at the University of Gloucestershire, and runs several exam courses in the South West.

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Cristian Cardenas

Cristian previously worked as Fight Choreographer in Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2016 production of Thomas Tallis. 

He trained as an actor at The Bridge Theatre Training Company. Alongside his acting career he teaches stage combat for stage and film on behalf of The Academy of Performance Combat. He has subsequently been choreographing/stunt co-ordinating and performing for numerous tv shows and companies including: Hinterland Series 2, 24: Live Another Day, Alys, Gwaith/Cartref 5 & 8, and Ultimate Force.

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Kaitlin Howard

Kaitlin is an award winning Actress, Director, Stage Combat Instructor and Examiner with The APC and one of only three women on the Equity Register of Fight Directors.

With over 20 years experience in the industry, she is currently resident Stage Combat Teacher for the School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University. In addition to this she has had the pleasure of teaching and assisting on many courses and at some of the UK's top drama schools as well as running workshops and courses of her own for actor training bodies, theatre companies, schools and junior stage schools.


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Mark Middleton

Mark graduated as a Stage Combat Instructor in 2012. Since then he has taught regularly for West End Workshops, and has taught exam courses at Northampton University and Oxford School of Drama.  .

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Ian McCracken

Ian has been a stage combat tutor and fight director for 15 years. He has been resident instructor at The Oxford School of Drama since 2004 and has also worked at other leading UK drama schools including GSA, Arts Ed, The Royal Academy of Music and most recently the Lyric Belfast.

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Kevin McCurdy

Kevin is a British Actors Equity professional Fight Director. He primarily trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from 1998 – 1991. He gained his Combat Teacher status in 1993 and gained his Equity Professional Fight Directors status in 1996. Kevin has been Royal Welsh Colleges’ resident fight master since 2005 and has worked on a variety of stage, tv and film projects around the UK and abroad. Kev is also the Chairman of the Academy of Performance Combat.

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Sam Davies

Sam started his training at Guildford and since then has racked up over a decade of experience under his belt. Having completed his instructor training in 2012, Sam has gone on to train students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Guildford School of Acting, Northahmpton University and the Oxford School of Drama as well as running Stage Combat workshops for The National Theatre, The Barbican, The Watermill and The Royal Shakespeare company.

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