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Mike Mahaffey

Fight Director, Certified Teacher
Pacific West Region - AZ, CA, HI, NV
818 749-8393
Born and raised in Richland, Washington, about four and a half hours south and east of Seattle, Mike has always been interested in stage and screen combat, having choreographed his first professional production the summer he graduated from High School. Mike enrolled at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he continued to create fights for university productions as well as helping to teach the stage combat component of his own movement program. He continued his training in graduate school by earning his Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and continued to work as a fight director for regional theatres all around the southeast. Mike then moved back to the Pacific Northwest, choosing Seattle as his next destination where he made a name for himself as the fight director for the critically acclaimed "Money & Run" series as well as numerous productions through Seattle, Tacoma and Portland, Oregon. Mike continues his acting and fight career today in Los Angeles where he has already established himself as a highly creative and qualified fight director and teacher of stage combat. He is currently adjunct faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Cypress College and is recently building a stage combat program for the graduate and undergraduate programs in Opera Performance at Azusa Pacific University. He is also jumping into the big bad world of Opera with "Carmen" at San Diego Opera this spring, as well as assisting Fight Master Dale Girard with "Faust". Mike is recognized as a certified teacher and fight director by The Society of American Fight Directors, and is also a member of the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, Revenge Arts and the Los Angeles Fight Academy. He also continues his acting studies at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, among industry-established actors and directors and enjoys success as a fight director for stage and screen, teacher, actor and motion capture performer. In his spare time? Long distance motorcycle riding is his main distraction.