Joseph Travers

Fight Director, Certified Teacher


Joe has created hundreds of fights, stunts and action sequences for stage and screen, working with performers such as Mary Louise Parker, Mia Farrow, Julia Stiles, S. Epatha Merkison, Robert Cuccioli and John Cullum, and directors such as Anne Bogart, Sheryl Kaller, Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman and James Lapine. Recent work includes the Broadway production of Bronx Bombers at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre, the Off-Broadway world premier of The View Upstairs, the New York premier of the immersive guerilla folk-opera Counting Sheep and the musical adaptation of Treasure Island at the Fulton Theatre.  He also staged fights for the world premiers of Adam Rapp’s Essential Self – Defense, Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and the U.S. premier of Ethel Smyth's 1903 opera The Wreckers.  His work has been seen at Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival and on tour with the National Shakespeare Company. He served as stunt coordinator for the films The Depths (Halcyon Valor prod.), Lifted (Fox-Searchlight),  A-Alike (Middle Passage), and served as stunt coordinator and sword master for Tower of Silence (Palmarium).  Joe holds the rank of Certified Fight Director and Certified Teacher with both the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada.  He is a regular contributor to the SAFD journal The Fight Master through his column, Fight Matters.  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.

Skill Proficiency History

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