Tonya Lynn

Certified Teacher

Tonya Lynn is a Pittsburgh, PA-based fight director, actor, director, and teaching artist whose credits  include the world premiere of Storming Heaven at West Virginia Public Theatre, the original production Sword Play at Colonial Williamsburg, VA, the Pittsburgh premiere of She Kills Monsters at the University of Pittsburgh (including a sold-out encore performance at the August Wilson Cultural Center) and over 100 productions at Pittsburgh area theaters and universities, including the Young Playwrights’ Festival at City Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Prime Stage Theater, Poor Yorick’s Players, Robert Morris University, Seton Hill University, Westminster College, and Marietta College. Tonya is a co-founder of Brawling Bard Theater (a five-time award winner at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival), and a company member with the New Renaissance Theatre Company.  She has trained with the United Stuntmens’ Association and for over 15 years has been an active member of the Society of American Fight Directors, with whom she is recognized as a Certified Teacher.

Tonya is an adjunct instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus, and works as a teaching artist with Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre, Gateway to the Arts, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  She is the workshop coordinator for the Allegheny Alley Fight, a regional SAFD workshop in the Pittsburgh area, entering its sixth year in 2020.


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

2018 NSCW - AACW & Interns

Aug 10, 2018 Rapier and Dagger Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 10, 2018 Unarmed Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 10, 2018 Broadsword Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 10, 2018 Small Sword Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass
Aug 10, 2018 Knife Ruston, Louisiana Recommended Pass
Aug 10, 2018 Broadsword and Shield Ruston, Louisiana Recommended Pass
Aug 10, 2018 Quarterstaff Ruston, Louisiana Recommended Pass

2017 Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop Renewals

Oct 6, 2017 Small Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
Oct 6, 2017 Knife Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass

Allegheny Alley Fights / SPR

May 13, 2017 Single Sword Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Skills Test Allegany Alley Fight

May 14, 2016 Broadsword and Shield Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Rose Academy of Armes

Mar 28, 2014 Single Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
Mar 28, 2014 Quarterstaff Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Drake University

Nov 23, 2013 Unarmed Des Moines, Iowa Basic Pass
Nov 20, 2011 Single Sword Des Moines, Iowa Recommended Pass

University of Pittsburgh

Dec 17, 2011 Unarmed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Private Classes

Aug 22, 2010 Small Sword Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
Aug 22, 2010 Broadsword and Shield Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Basic Pass

The Carnage in the Corn

Nov 21, 2009 Knife Des Moines, Iowa Recommended Pass
Nov 21, 2009 Quarterstaff Des Moines, Iowa Recommended Pass

2008 National Stage Combat Workshops - NCSA

Jul 25, 2008 Broadsword Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 25, 2008 Rapier and Dagger Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 25, 2008 Unarmed Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass

Swordlady - Cincinnati

Jul 3, 2008 Single Sword Cincinnati, Ohio Basic Pass
Jul 3, 2008 Knife Cincinnati, Ohio Basic Pass
Jul 3, 2008 Unarmed Cincinnati, Ohio Basic Pass
Jul 3, 2008 Quarterstaff Cincinnati, Ohio Basic Pass