Christina Traister | Founder & Coordinator, SAFD Fight Master, SAFD President
Christina is an Associate Professor of Acting & Stage Combat in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor of Acting & Movement for eleven years in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University, teaching Classical Acting, Movement, and Stage Combat; she also served as the Graduate Acting Program Director for five years during her tenure there. Before she began her career in academia, Christina was a San Francisco based actor and fight director for twelve years before moving back to her home state of Michigan. Professional fight directing and teaching venues include the American Conservatory Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Play House, The American Shakespeare Collective (TASC), Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Purple Rose Theatre Company, Williamston Theatre, BoarsHead Theatre, Stormfield Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of San Diego, University of California-Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Adrian College, and Hillsdale College. She has also taught stage combat master classes at numerous workshops both nationally and internationally. Christina holds an MFA in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and a BFA in Performance (Acting) from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. She currently serves as the Head Coordinator for the SAFD's National Stage Combat Workshop.
Adam Miller-Batteau | Co-Founder & Co-Coordinator, SAFD Certified Teacher
Adam Miller-Batteau is a director, actor, and educator specializing in Shakespeare and Stage Combat based in Austin, TX. He is a Lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin, and the resident Fight Choreographer for the Theater Department. He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors; a journey he started with Erik Fredricksen at the University of Michigan over 12 years ago. Adam has taught classes and workshops at the University of MIchigan, Michigan State University, University of Exeter, Central Florida University, N. Kentucky University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Georgia Tech University, University of Nebraska, Stagedoor Manor, Mosiac Youth Theater, the Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop at the Banff Arts Center, and the Winter Wonderland Workshop where he was also an assistant coordinator. He has choreographed and directed violence for over 100 productions across the country and is determined to choreograph and direct the entire Shakespeare canon. Adam holds an MFA from the Exeter University in Shakespeare Performance and currently serves as the Head Coordinator for the Texas Intensive Stage Combat Workshop
Don Preston | SAFD Certified Teacher
Donald J. Preston has been working with and teaching for the Society of American Fight Directors for the last 26 years. Starting off as a “festy” in Minnesota and a student of Michael Anderson. He has taught all over the world. Some of his favorite places have been the “boot camp” at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Exeter University in the UK and Immersion days at Park Square Theater in St. Paul.
He is currently in Chicago teaching SPT and SPR classes for MACE (and frankly anyone who wants a class.) Also having a great time choreographing local high school productions. She Kills Monsters is very popular right now.
He has a full schedule of workshops this year and is looking forward to seeing old friends and family members and hopefully making new ones.
Adam Noble | SAFD Fight Director
Adam has worked as a professional actor and a movement specialist for over 20 years, performing in New York City, regionally across the United States, and abroad. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Acting & Movement for the M.F.A. and B.F.A. acting programs at the University of Houston.
He has worked with numerous companies including The Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Alley Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Opera Carolina, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Actor’s Playground, The Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil, P.S. 122, Opera Omaha, Julliard, The Jacobs School, Island Stage Left, Cardinal Stage Company, Seattle Opera, Indiana Festival Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and the Dayton Opera.
Adam is the co-founder and artistic director of the Dynamic Presence Project, a company focused on the revitalization and proliferation of movement theatre and physical storytelling.
As a freelance movement consultant, Adam has helped to shape, build ensemble, and construct movement vocabularies for operatic, cinematic and theatrical projects. Adam has taught movement at Indiana University, California State University of Fresno, and the University of Washington. He has taught master classes at Illinois State University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Earlham College, The SOMA Theatre Collective, and Central Washington University.
Adam is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and formerly served as the Treasurer for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. He is an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors & Coordinators (IDC), and the Southwest Regional Representative for the SAFD. Adam is a trained stuntman who has taught movement and stage combat both nationally and internationally, and he has choreographed the violence for well over 100 stage and film productions.
Robb Hunter | SAFD Fight Master
Robb Hunter is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is a Certified Fight Director and Teacher of Stage Combat for the Society of American Fight Directors. As a professional fight director he has choreographed violence/movement for many DC theatres including The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Washington National Opera, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Studio Theatre (where he has received multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations for his choreography), Olney Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Rep Stage, and Washington Shakespeare Company. Robb holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from the Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently Artist in Residence at American University where he choreographs, directs and teaches movement, mime, stage combat, acting and various sections of theatre history. In addition he also teaches stage combat for McDaniel College and for the MFA program at Catholic University. Robb is currently a teaching artists for The Shakespeare Theatre and for the Acting Conservatory at The Studio Theatre. When he is not teaching or directing violence he is “enabling” it through his theatrical weapons rental company, Preferred Arms, Inc. which supplies swords, knives and assault rifles to theatres and universities nationwide (www.preferredarms.com). Before becoming a professional Fight Director Robb was an actor and was fortunate enough to have spent an amazing three years working with Michael J. Fox as his stand-in and stunt double.
Jenny Male | SAFD Certified Teacher
Jill Matarelli Carlson is an Associate Professor at East Carolina University where she teaches movement, stage combat, physical characterization, and acting. She has worked as an Entertainment Cast Member for Walt Disney World and co-founded The Odyssey Express Touring Theatre Company, whose goal was to bring quality theatre experiences to children in the Chicago-land area. Jill has worked professionally all over the United States as both an actor and fight choreographer. Most recently she staged the violence for the Cape Fear Regional Theatre productions of Wait Until Dark, Disgraced, and Peter and the Starcatcher. She is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certified by Marianne Wells Yoga School and Yoga Alliance. Jill received an MFA in Acting with a Movement Concentration from Western Illinois University. Favorite roles include: Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret; Matron Mama Morton in Chicago; Antigone in Antigone; Mrs. Walker in Tommy; Amy in Company; Lindsay in Some Girl(s); Tigerlily in Peter Pan; The Herald in Marat/Sade;and Jan in The Jackie Sexknife Show. Jill lives in Greenville, NC with her husband, John and doggie, Quinn.
Earl Kim | BADC Apprentice Instructor, Advanced Fighter w/ distinction
Earl Kim is an international actor, filmmaker, and choreographer currently based in Los Angeles, California. His short film ‘Han’, was awarded ‘Best Domestic Narrative Short’ at the 2017 DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, and he was recently named a 2018 “Choreographer to Watch” by the LA Dance Film Festival. His performance/creative work strive to be aesthetically arresting, physically daring, ensemble driven, and filled with a genuine passion to challenge cultural apathy and systemic injustice. He holds an MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School in London, and a BFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Selected Credits: Film/TV - Avengers: Age of Ultron, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Shameless, Training Day, Two Broke Girls Radio - The Octoroon (BBC Radio 3) Theatre - Book of Days (Arcola - London), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe - London, West End - Tristan Bates), The Three Sisters (GITIS-Moscow), Merica (Anywhere Theatre Festival – Brisbane, Australia, Gale Theatre Co. - Austin, TX)
Trey Clark | SAFD/BADC Advanced Actor Combatant
Trey is a professional technical director, movement teacher, and fight choreographer based in Southern Alabama. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in Theatre from Northeastern State University, and a Masters Degree in Theatre from Louisiana Technical University. Some of his stage combat teaching credits include Troy University, Northeastern University of Oklahoma, Summer Spotlight in Troy, Alabama, A Day of Theatre in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, classes at Southern Broadway, and the Alabama High School Theatre Festival. Trey has choreographed more than twenty shows and short films. He has also been on staff for the SAFD's National Stage Combat Workshop for the past two summers, and this year will serve as the Head Intern.