Joseph Travers

Joseph Travers
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Joseph Travers has created fights, stunts and action sequences for stage and screen for twenty – five years, working with performers such as Mary Louise Parker, Mia Farrow, Julia Stiles, Peter Strauss and John Cullum, and directors such as Anne Bogart, James Lapine, Eric Simonson, Leigh Silverman and Michael Greif. Recent work includes the Broadway production of Bronx Bombers at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre and Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love at Harbor Stage Company. He also staged fights for the world premiers of Adam Rapp’s Essential Self – Defense and Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons. His work has been seen at Irish Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, American Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the New York Renaissance Festival and on tour with the National Shakespeare Company. Mr. Travers is holds the rank of Certified Fight Director and Certified Teacher with both the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada. He teaches stage combat at Columbia University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Since 1995 he has been the managing director of Swordplay, a NYC based company that provides instruction in safe and effective stage combat techniques to professional actors.

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