Ian Claar


Ian Claar is a theatrical lighting designer and stage combat choreographer and has been involved in theatre and the performing arts for nearly 15 years.

He began his theatrical journey as one of the founding members of his middle school drama programme, and quickly continued into community theatre as an electrician and light board operator for the Reston Players (a company he still works with to this day). Although his career path was originally planned to go into Behavioural Psychology and Criminal Profiling, theatre quickly took hold and Ian began pursuing a career in the arts directly out of high school. Ian continued to hone his craft in lighting, and has worked with many of the staples of the DC Metro theatre community including Signature Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and many others.

Having had an interest in the art of stage combat from a young age, Ian was afforded the opportunity to train under a SAFD Certified Teacher at Christopher Newport University. He continues to study and train in the art through local classes and regional workshops, and actively works as a fight director and educator in the community.

He has a degree in Design and Technical Theatre from Christopher Newport University and is an Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Q1 Theatrical Solutions, is the Managing Director of The Noble Blades stage combat troupe, and member of Intimacy Directors International.

Lighting Design credits include Surfacing (ExPats Theatre DC), Overtures (Signature Theatre) Grand Concourse (Prologue Theatre Co.), My Father’s Dragon (Synetic Theatre), Topographies (Human Landscape/Space Time Dance), and Anon(ymous) (Theatre Prometheus), Bullets Over Broadway (Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre).

Fight Direction credits include Matilda (Levine Music Theatre), The Game's Afoot (Reston Players), She Kills Monsters (DC International School), Or, (Theatre Prometheus), Dracula (Edison Drama), Superior Donuts (Reston Players), The Addams Family Musical (Rock Ridge Performing Arts), The Three Musketeers (Wakefield School), The Lion King, Jr. (Encore Stage & Studio), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Reston Players).