Jared Kirby has been involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen for over 20 years. He teaches in New York City (and the metro area) and has choreographed fights Off-Broadway, Nationally, in London and Sydney.
As a Fight Director, Jared has worked with stars such as Peter Sarsgaard, Steve Guttenberg and has trained actors/stunt performers who are working on hit shows like Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead, Gotham, Person of Interest, The Vampire Diaries, The Blacklist and in Films such as The Nice Guys, Captain America: Civil War, The Hunger Games, Furious 7, Insurgent. Jared is a member of Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA.
Jared currently teaches fencing at SUNY Purchase, Sarah Lawrence College and is a Master of Arms (Maestro d’Armi) through the Martinez Academy of Arms. Jared has an ongoing Combat for Stage & Screen class in New York City and teaches at the prestigious Tom Todoroff Conservatory as well as the NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
He teaches a variety of workshops across the US and around the world including Canada, England, Scotland, Finland, Italy and Australia. He has taught at the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop, the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention (ISMAC), Rapier Camp and the Western Washington WMA Workshop just to name a few.
Jared is the editor and one of the translators of “Italian Rapier Combat”, the first complete, professional translation of Capo Ferro. He is also the editor and wrote the introduction for “The School of Fencing” by Domenico Angelo and annotated by Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez. Most recently “The Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling” was released in February 2014 and a reprint of Donald McBane’s The Expert Swordsman’s Companion was released in January 2017. For more information, see Amazon.com.
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You can learn more about Jared’s path to becoming a Fight Director and Fencing Instructor from this terrific interview done by Tony Vang:
For more about Jared’s approach to Stage/Screen Combat, check out this great documentary:
or this 7 page article from the December 2014 issue of New Jersey Stage magazine:
If you want to learn more about Jared’s approach to the violence in Shakespeare you can watch an interview from This Week in Shakespeare: