On the first day, registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The day starts at 9 a.m. for a warm up. Then classes go from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m., then lunch (remember we provide the cheesesteaks) then 2–6 p.m.

Renewals and the  workshops are on a special schedule on Oct. 2nd, please contact us right away for details.


Can I show up unregistered?
Yes, but it is better to let us know you are coming ahead of time as class sizes are limited and we want to ensure everyone gets to participate.

What else is there to do in Philadelphia?
Lots and lots! Check out this link to

How do I get a t-shirt?  So do I need to order a t-shirt now in order to get one?
Add your size and neck preference, v-ncek or crew to your registration.  YES, you must order and pay before Sept. 10th in order to get a t-shirt. 




We can only accept credit card

payment online.  The days of the

workshop we can only accept

cash or checks. 



For more information call (215) 802-3885 or (609) 284-2033  

E-mail us at: or

Combat for the stage or screen!!

The Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop is Oct. 1st & 2nd!!!

Hosted by the University of the Arts

at the Gershman Y
401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

View Photos from 2008 Workshop!


NIgel Poulton, Master Teacher, SAFDi

Michelle Ladd-Williams, Certified Teacher, SAFD

Neil Massey, Fight Director, SAFD

Charles Conwell, Fight Director, SAFD

John Bellomo, Fight Director, SAFD

Payson Burt, Fight Director, SAFD

Ian Rose, Fight Master, SAFD & FDC

Alex Cordaro, Certified Teacher, SAFD

Oliver Donahue, Certified Instructor, FDC


Knife and tomahawk

Historical German Longsword in fights

High Falls

Musket and Bayonet

Capo Ferro Rapier

Nuclear Smallsword

Fighting in Skirts and Heels

Motion Capture

Smallsword & Cloak


$350.00 at the door
10% discount w/registration by Sept. 10th
10% Discount SAFD/Equity membership, instructor OR student ID

$175.00 Single Day

Sorry, but this year we had to add a $35.00 non-refundable deposit.

Sept. 30th is the recert day for those who need to retest in the SAFD disciplines. If you are planning on coming to this you need to let us know right away, so we can arrange the pairings. There is an additional $95 fee.

Lots of fun AND your tuition includes continental breakfast, cheesesteak lunch a t-shirt (depending on availability) and a weekend of classes.

We are having a weapons table for purchases during lunch the first day.

Everyone is invited to a gathering of participants Saturday night at a local Pub, all are welcome.  We have a room with cash bar and pub grub.

Our Grand Melee this year:

The Alamo!!

Classes in all eight SAFD disciplines and more! 

Renewals available Sept. 30th, please contact us for details.

Call: (215) 802-3885 or (609) 284-2033 or E-mail us at: or for further details.

“I don't mean this as a suck up at all, but all workshops I go to now will have a tough time matching the enjoyment I had at Philly...I truly enjoyed everything at Philly!!”-Bette Cassett

Thank you!  And thank you for all you do for the Cheesesteak!  It RAWKS!"  -Shelly Riggs

Maestro James Loriega teaching Navaja fighting against the wall.

Nigel is an award winning fight director, weapon and movement specialist and actor. He has particular expertise in edged weapon use, classical, historical and theatrical swordplay, kinesthetic movement processes, and combat systems and has worked internationally over the last eight years. Nigel is a practitioner of Vsevelod Meyerhold’s Theatrical Biomechanics system, having trained intensively with the system’s current custodian, is a registered Instructor, Fight Director and past President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc. and has been certified with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and the Society of American Fight Directors. Nigel is also a classically trained fencer under the tutorship of Maestri Ramon and Jeanette Martinez of New York City.

Choreography credits include, amongst others, The (New York City) Metropolitan Opera (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), the New York City Ballet (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012), the Bell Shakespeare Company (Company Fight Director since 2003), Washington Opera Company (2002 tour of Japan), Opera Australia, Circus Oz, Melbourne TheatreCompany, Sydney Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Belvoire Street, La Boite Theatre (Brisbane), Playbox Theatre (Melbourne), and Kooemba Jdarra (Brisbane).

Since 2007, Nigel has been part of the Weapons Specialists Ltd creative team (New York), gaining experience on productions including: The Good Wife (Scott Free Productions), Person of Interest (Kilter Films), One Shot (Paramount Pictures), BoardwalkEmpire (HBO), Salt (Columbia Pictures), I Am Legend (Warner Bros. Pictures), Sopranos – 1997 Season (HBO), The Ministers, (Collective), 30 Rock (Broadway Video), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Wolf Films), and Fall Down Dead (New Films International). In 2011 Nigel worked on The Bourne Legacy (Bourne Film Productions) as a Technical (tactical) Advisor and Vikingdom (KRU Studios) as Swordmaster.

Nigel has been studying and teaching various martial and combat systems for over 15 years and has been on faculty (part-time) as resident stage combat instructor at the University of Southern Queensland since 2001. Nigel was the stage combat instructor at the National Institute of Dramatic Art from 2000 to 2003, and has been a guest teacher at institutions such as The John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts and The Shakespeare Theatre Academy for Classical Acting (Washington DC). Nigel is also a past coordinator of the Paddy Crean International Workshop and Symposium and has been a regular guest presenter at various historical swordplay conferences throughout Australia. Nigel was also a guest presenter at the 2006 World Shakespeare Congress.

Most recently Nigel directed and performed in a play he co-wrote – Dead Cargo – as part of the 2011 Metro Arts Independents program. In 2009 he won the award for Best Director at the 2009 Brisbane Short + Sweet Festival. The play also won best lead actor and best Drama. Nigel is a trained actor, with a variety of performance training and skills including clowning, improvisational comedy, mask work (Commedia, Le coq and Basel), slapstick, and street theatre. He has been a core member ofIZIT? Entertainment, a street theatre company based in Brisbane since 1998. In 1999 Nigel co-founded Schnapper Head (Australia), and toured Australia with the acclaimed production of Zoo-illogical in early 2000. He co-wrote and performed in Beware of Entrance of a Quarrel as part of the 2006 Shakespeare in Queens Park festival. Other theatre appearances include: Grin and Tonic in The Comedy of Errors (as part of the Robert Arthur memorial series); Trocadero Productions The Duchess of Malfi; Borderline Defamations In No Particular Order; and Kooemba Jdarra in Seems Like Yesterday.

Nigel has been the grateful recipient from the 2012 Melbourne Green Room Awards for outstanding contribution to the Melbourne stage, an Australia Council for the Arts grant and Queensland Arts Council grants in 2005 and 2008 to undertake continuing professional development with leading theatre practitioners throughout the world.

There is an additional $125.00 fee for the Longsword Workshop.

Stab, Cut and Punch!!

an additional day of workshop!!!!!!

Due to space constraints these classes are limited to:

Smallsword (Stab)

Knife (Cut)

& Unarmed (Punch)

An additional day of workshop at only $50.00 (available only with purchase of weekend workshop)

Special event this  year:

Nigel Poulton


a Workshop in Historical Longsword

Learn to fight the Longsword for real!