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Matt Richardson has been a professional fight director for over 20 years. Recent credits include Tangled, Villains! and Club Pirate for Disney Cruise Lines, The Clockmaker and Beauty and the Beast for Sudbury Theatre Centre, and the award-winning scene, Trespasser (Champions, CombatCon Stage Combat Competition, Las Vegas).
Actor credits include Mr. Healey and Rob Roy in Duel of Ages (True Edge Productions), Claudio in Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Square), Laertes in Hamlet (Tempest Theatre) various appearances including acting, singing, dancing, fighting and fight directing in Things Base and Weill … Love Can Transpose! (Theatre Counterpoise) and several appearances in the 2002 season of the Stratford Festival.
In recent years Matt has been intensely pursuing several forms of historical, western martial arts for conversion to stage. Some of these include tomahawk, bowie knife, German and Italian longsword, Spanish side sword and Scottish backsword. With help from Western Martial Artists, Matt is at the forefront and cutting edge of a renaissance in how we approach and present theatrical fighting.
He has spend over 2 decades in the studying, practicing and refining the art form of Stage Combat. Since training at Theatre Humber, pursuing the art of theatrical and historical combat has been a great passion. He has travelled to train with experts from all over the world, including instructors from Scotland, England, Australia and all over the USA and Canada. He has performed and choreographed hundreds of fights over the years with just about every weapon imaginable; from the conventional swords in many Shakespeare plays to shards of porcelain and fireplace pokers in murder mysteries. His teaching talents are appreciated in the International stage combat community, having taught at the International Paddy Crean Art of the Sword workshop. In addition, he has taught “Introduction to Stage Combat” to hundreds of students of all ages, from children to seasoned professional actors.
Please visit mattrichardson.ca/mattrichardson for more information on Matt’s work as an actor and fight director.