Annie Duggan


Annie studied acting at The Bridge Theatre Company. From there she began her stage combat training and started teaching at Guildford School of Acting. Annie now lives in Bristol and is running regular classes at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. 


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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, a director and one of only three women on the Equity Register of Fight Directors. With over 15 year’s professional experience in the industry, she is resident Stage Combat Instructor for Manchester School of Theatre at MMU, an APC Examiner and has placements running APC short courses and workshops all over the UK for theatre companies, schools and youth theatres.

As an actress, Kaitlin has performed in some of the most wonderful theatres across the country and has worked on several amazing projects. Most notably her performance as “The Winners” in the one woman show The Alphabet Girl gained her two prestigious awards for Best Fringe Performance in the 2014 Manchester Theatre Awards and for Best Actress for the 2015 National Studio Theatre Awards.

She is also a director who has worked on fantastic theatre and film projects including: Much Ado About Nothing (The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); The Sweet Science of Bruising (Manchester School of Theatre); Banishéd and Murder in Mine Eye (Her Productions). In 2020 she produced and directed a Zoom Film of Much Ado About Nothing with her company MoxieOnFire.

Stage Combat Teaching Placements (past and present): Manchester School of Theatre, ALRA, Mountview, Oxford School of Speech and Drama, APC Wales Summer Course, APC NW Summer Course, APC SW Summer Course, Raynes Park Foundation Course, Oldham Coliseum Outreach Masterclasses, True Edge Stage Combat TIE Workshops, 2B Theatre Workshops, Scene Productions TIE Workshops, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition Centre Workshops, The Actor's Centre North, Neue Flora Theatre Hamburg, The Actor's Guild of Great Britain, Act Up North, The Actor’s Lab, V-PAC Harrogate, Hope Studios Manchester, 53two/MAPlatform Stage Combat Courses.

As a Fight Director, Kaitlin has provided choreography for Theatre, Film and Television to much critical note and praise. Productions include:

Fight Direction Theatre: Life Is A Dream (The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); The Effect, Aladdin, Put Down Your Aprons, Jack and The Beanstalk and A Skull in Connemara (Oldham Coliseum); Our Country’s Good and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Tobacco Factory, Bristol); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Storyhouse Theatre, Chester); The Thunder Girls (The Lowry, Manchester); Beryl (The Octagon, Bolton); The Guards at The Taj (Theatre By The Lake, Keswick); The Trial (The New Diorama Theatre, London); Robin Hood (Cast, Doncaster); The Pride, Orphans, A Kidnapping, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hushabye Mountain (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester); Some Voices, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool); The Little Mermaid (The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool); Alice in Wonderland, Posh, Katzenmusik, Treasure Island, Scuttlers, Decades and Game (Wigan Pier); The Snow Queen (The Albany Theatre, Coventry); The Illusion, The Art of Success, Welcome To Thebes, Twelfth Night and Picnic (HOME, Manchester); Drych (Frân Wen/Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth (Nottingham Arts Theatre/RSC Open Stages); The Comedy of Errors (Greenwich Playhouse); Dick Whittington (The Theatre Royal, Lincoln); Wallop! Mrs Cox (Birmingham Hippodrome); Killer Joe (The Pleasance Theatre, London); Snakebite (Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield).

Fight Direction Film and Television: So Awkward Series 3 and 4 (CBBC/Channel X North); Crimewatch (BBC); The Lazarus Path (Seed Productions); A Day in The Life (Brew Up Productions); The Coldest Queen (Issimo Music/CLB Films); Travel Deep (Manchester Film School); Hard (SHAM Films); Infected (Negative Space Productions). 

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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 over 10 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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