Fight Director

“Stage Combat is the art of safe and repeatable storytelling through violence”

 
 
Ian Claar works with actors on a fight using found objects for  J-Swizzle and D-Man’s Epic Awesome Swaggy Broventure for Sweet Rhymes  (Dodgeball Theatre, DC Fringe, 2017)

Ian Claar works with actors on a fight using found objects for J-Swizzle and D-Man’s Epic Awesome Swaggy Broventure for Sweet Rhymes (Dodgeball Theatre, DC Fringe, 2017)

Ian Claar is an Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), a Managing Member of The Noble Blades stage combat troupe, and an active member of the stage combat community. He has a passion for the art and technique of stage combat and stunt performance and is an advocate for the safe and skilled application education of the art to all performing arts organisations, and especially to young performers.

Training

Ian began training under Gregg Lloyd at Christopher Newport University in 2013 and has continued to train and study ever since.

Ian has trained with such SAFD Certified Teachers as Patrick Kelly Casey Kaleba, Robb Hunter, Andrew Ray, and Jason Paul Tate. He also regularly attends Regional Workshops to maintain skill and artistry, as well as grow as an artist and choreographer.

SAFD Proficiencies

SAFD member since 2016 (SAFD Profile)

Basic Pass in Unarmed Combat, 2018

Basic Pass in Rapier & Dagger, 2018

Recommended Pass in Small Sword, 2018

Basic Pass in Single Sword, 2019

Basic Pass in Broadsword, 2019

Theatrical Firearms Safety, 2019


Example Choreography

Choreography crafted by Ian Claar for Rock Ridge Performing Arts’ production of The Addams Family Musical in 2018.

Performed by Ian Claar and Kelsey Meiklejohn.


Example Choreography

Choreography crafted by Ian Claar, in collaboration with Julieanna Novak and Jonathan Price, for demonstration of combat in Romeo and Juliet in 2017.

Performed by Ian Claar and Jonathan Price.


Download a resume of Ian’s fight direction here