Jessica Bennett

Advanced Actor Combatant

My SAFD career began at the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL under Nick Sandys. During my time as the head TA at DePaul, I also had the privilege to study and work under Chuck Coyl and Neil Massey. In 2008 I attended the Intermediate Stage Combat Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada and in 2009 attended the International Stunt School in Seattle, WA. 

After stunt school I worked as a stunt performer and finished my acting degree in Chicago and in 2010 moved to Los Angeles to continue my stunt career. Since then, I continue to work with a wide variety of weapons in fights for stage and screen. I have also moved into the realm of fight choreography and stunt coordination for film, television, web produced work, and the stage. My work in "The Whipping Man" for the West Coast Jewish Theater was Ovation Recommended and I was delighted to work in a season with the Florida Grand Opera as a fighter. My film work can be seen in network television, independent film on international and domestic screens, and internet work on pieces such as the Stunt Coordinator for the music video "Homeless in Heathrow" and the narrative VR experience with GoPro thought LightSail VR. 

I currently work and live bi-coastally in Los Angeles and Atlanta. 

For full list of work and resume, please visit my IMDB and website. 


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

KSU Fall 2017 Test

Dec 7, 2017 Unarmed Kennesaw, Georgia Recommended Pass

The Theatre School at Depaul University

May 27, 2010 Single Sword Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass

The Theatre School at DePaul University

Mar 11, 2010 Rapier and Dagger Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
Mar 11, 2010 Knife Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
Mar 11, 2010 Unarmed Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
May 28, 2009 Rapier and Dagger Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
May 28, 2009 Unarmed Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
May 28, 2009 Small Sword Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
May 28, 2009 Broadsword Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass

The Theatre School at DePaul University

Mar 12, 2009 Rapier and Dagger Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass
Mar 12, 2009 Unarmed Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass
Mar 12, 2009 Quarterstaff Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass

2008 National Stage Combat Workshops UNLV

Jul 1, 2008 Rapier and Dagger Las Vegas, Nevada Basic Pass
Jul 1, 2008 Knife Las Vegas, Nevada Basic Pass
Jul 1, 2008 Unarmed Las Vegas, Nevada Basic Pass
Jul 1, 2008 Small Sword Las Vegas, Nevada Basic Pass
Jul 1, 2008 Broadsword and Shield Las Vegas, Nevada Basic Pass

Depaul University

Mar 11, 2008 Unarmed Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass