Jonathan Rubin

Jonathan Ezra Rubin freelances as a fight & intimacy director throughout the DC-Metro Area. In addition to his freelance career, he has over a decade of theatre administration and nonprofit executive management experience. He served as the Managing Director and then Associate Artistic Director for the nonprofit performing arts company Flying V from the tail end of 2011 through June 2020, helping to grow the company by over $300,000 in that time, as well as positioning Flying V to be awarded the 2015 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the Helen Hayes Awards, DC's Regional Theatre Awards. Jonathan also works as the Theatre Manager for the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, a Montgomery County, MD-owned theatre venue in downtown Silver Spring, managed by the nonprofit Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring, for whom he is the sole employee, where he has been employed since December 2014. 


A Recognized Advanced Actor/Combatant with the SAFD, and a three-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Outstanding Choreography (Flying V Fights: Heroes & MonstersFlying V Fights: The Secret History of the Unknown World, Crystal Creek Motel), and WATCH Award Nominee for Fight Choreography (Appropriate), Jonathan works regularly as a fight & intimacy director throughout the DC Metro Area, having choreographed most of Flying V's shows, as well as at The Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Adventure Theatre-MTC, Cohesion Theatre Company, 4615 Theatre Company, LiveArtDC, Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Silver Spring Stage, Maryland Shakespeare Company, Lumina Studio Theatre, Georgetown University, American University, Goucher College, and more. Jonathan also served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Montgomery County Executive's Ball for the Arts & Humanities in 2015 and 2016, and as a member of the Advisory Board for Faction of Fools Theatre Company.  He is also a proud Associate Member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national professional theatrical union, was an Apprentice with Intimacy Directors International, and has continued that training with Intimacy Directors & Coordinators. Jonathan has been a staff member at over 25 regional SAFD workshops across the country since 2014, in addition to assisting and/or coordinating multiple additional masterclasses in that time, including working as one of the Co-Coordinators of the Social Distance Showdown: Virtual Stage Combat Workshop, the first and largest online weekend workshop of its kind. 

  • JonE.Rubin@gmail.com
  • Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, Intimacy Directors International, Intimacy Directors & Coordinator’s, International Order of the Sword & Pen

Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Knife/Unarmed WWW

Jan 9, 2020 Unarmed Chicago , Illinois Recommended Pass
Jan 9, 2020 Knife Chicago , Illinois Recommended Pass

SPR Quarterstaff

Jan 4, 2020 Quarterstaff Silver Spring, Maryland Recommended Pass

Brawl 2019 Staff renewals

May 24, 2019 Broadsword St. Paul, Minnesota Recommended Pass
May 24, 2019 Single Sword St. Paul, Minnesota Basic Pass

Knife renewals

Mar 10, 2019 Knife Columbia, Maryland Recommended Pass

SAFD Theatrical Firearms Safety Course

Jan 6, 2019 Firearm Silver Spring, Maryland Recommended Pass

Round House Theatre

Aug 13, 2018 Small Sword Washington, District of Columbia Recommended Pass
Dec 18, 2017 Rapier and Dagger Silver Spring, Maryland Recommended Pass
Mar 6, 2017 Unarmed Silver Spring, Maryland Recommended Pass
Mar 19, 2016 Knife Washington, District of Columbia Recommended Pass
Feb 22, 2014 Single Sword Silver Spring, Maryland Recommended Pass
Mar 2, 2013 Broadsword Silver Spring, Maryland Recommended Pass

Summer Sling

Aug 20, 2017 Broadsword and Shield Brooklyn, New York Recommended Pass

Virginia Beach Bash

Apr 1, 2017 Single Sword Virginia Beach, Virginia Basic Pass

Quarterstaff SPT/SPRs

Dec 18, 2016 Quarterstaff Columbia, Maryland Recommended Pass

Carnage renewals

Nov 19, 2016 Broadsword and Shield Des Moines, Iowa Basic Pass

UA & SiS SPT/SPR

May 13, 2016 Unarmed Columbia, Maryland Basic Pass
May 13, 2016 Single Sword Columbia, Maryland Recommended Pass
May 13, 2016 Broadsword Columbia, Maryland Recommended Pass

SJMcDFights

Oct 19, 2015 Small Sword Crownsville, Maryland Recommended Pass

Maryland Renaissance Festival R&D

Oct 5, 2014 Rapier and Dagger Crownsville, Maryland Basic Pass

Everyman Theatre

Jun 8, 2014 Small Sword Baltimore, Maryland Recommended Pass

Tooth & Claw Combat Arts

May 18, 2014 Unarmed Silver Spring, Maryland Recommended Pass
Aug 12, 2013 Broadsword and Shield Silver Spring, Maryland Basic Pass
Mar 10, 2013 Knife Washington, District of Columbia Basic Pass

Howard Community College

Dec 15, 2013 Rapier and Dagger Columbia, Maryland Recommended Pass
Dec 15, 2013 Unarmed Columbia, Maryland Recommended Pass
Dec 15, 2013 Quarterstaff Columbia, Maryland Recommended Pass
Dec 15, 2013 Broadsword Columbia, Maryland Basic Pass

Fights 4 - Summer Sling

Aug 17, 2013 Unarmed New York, New York Basic Pass

Maryland Shakespeare Festival

Dec 15, 2011 Rapier and Dagger Frederick , Maryland Recommended Pass

Swordplay

May 22, 2011 Small Sword New York, New York Basic Pass
Mar 30, 2011 Unarmed New York, New York Recommended Pass