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© Keith Wallis 2020

About me

Keith originally trained as an actor at Exeter University, before continuing his studies at East 15 Acting School, and was one of the first to graduate with a unique degree in Stage Combat & Specialist Performance Skills in 2008. He then began an internship with various stage combat tutors and fight directors before deciding to turn freelance.

 

His teaching career began in 2007 when he ran a series of workshops for the National Youth Theatre, this was then followed by his first choreography credit as assistant fight director for the stage play Sons Of York at the Finborough Theatre in 2008, directed by Kate Wasserberg.


Since then he has worked as a production fight director and stage combat tutor for dozens of theatre companies across the UK, as well as providing fight choreography for several feature films and short films. He has also worked as a stunt performer for various projects, including fight performances for Channel 4's Back from the Dead series (2011), the Amazon Prime TV series Vikings (2013), and the feature films Ironclad (2011) and The Knife That Killed Me (2012) 

Skills

Martial Arts: Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu,

Tomiki Aikido, Kalarippayatt

Fencing: Level 1 foil Coach (BAF)

Archery: Historical & Modern

Horseriding: Level 4 ABRS (Riding School only)

Tom Ziebell Photography. Essex Sport Arena. 2018

Ziebell Photography, 2019

Stage Combat Qualifications

BA Hons Degree: East 15 Acting School - Stage Combat & Specialist Performance Skills (2008)


British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat (BASSC) - Advanced Qualifications including: Unarmed, Single Rapier, Rapier & Dagger, Medieval Broadsword, Quarterstaff, Sword & Shield, Smallsword, Knife


British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) - Advanced Qualifications including: Unarmed,

Single Rapier, Rapier & Dagger, Medieval Broadsword, Quarterstaff, Sword & Shield, Military Sabre,

Smallsword, Knife


Additional Experience in:

 

Rapier & Buckler,

Rapier & Cloak,

Roman Weaponry (Gladius & Scutum),

Spear, 

Axe & Shield,

Dane Axe,

Bowie Knife,

Bullwhip,

Georgian & Victorian Pugilism