‘Master At Arms’ is built around the experiences and values of its members. Here you can learn more about them:

Keith teaches stage combat across the UK including several iconic London drama schools. As well as choreographing, he also lectures on medieval weapons.   

Keith Wallis

Keith has been working as a fight director for over a decade, offering professional fight choreography for numerous theatres and production companies across the UK, as well as providing tuition in stage combat for some of Britain’s most prestigious acting schools and institutions. 

His career began back 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, directed by Kate Wasserberg. Since then he has gone on to choreograph fights and action sequences for a wide range of different projects. He currently splits his time between regular teaching at Italia Conti and various choreography projects. His lifelong passion and interest in Medieval weapons and warfare has also led to his running a series of regular talks and lectures on the subject at Norwich castle. 

Recent work includes choreography for the BAFTA nominated feature Lady Macbeth, as well as projects with Park Theatre, English National Opera, Royal College of Music, Southwark Playhouse,  Garsington OperaRoyal & Derngate, The Pleasance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Joe Golby

With a decade of professional experience Joe is a highly accomplished fight coordinator and choreographer. Joe’s CV boasts several critically acclaimed feature films spanning many genres. Meanwhile his TV work has seen himself and his work appear on the BBC (Strictly Come Dancing), ITV, Channel 4 as well as cable channels Discovery, History and National Geographic where he specialises in recreations of violence from ancient history (Crusaders: Back from the Dead) to modern day murders (My Online Nightmare).

Other screen work includes commercials for high street brands (Footlocker, Sainsbury’s) and music videos for chart topping groups (The 1975). Early to embrace online platforms his work for leading YouTube channels and personalities (New Form Digital, TomSka) have over 100 million views. Live credits include West End theatre and shows which have gone on to tour Europe.

Using this experience and knowledge Joe teaches stage combat to aspiring actors in training and has introduced fighting on film to students at leading UK film schools (NFTS, Central Film School, MET Film School). He has been interviewed in print and on television in both the UK and US as well as being nominated for several awards for his work over the years. 

Joe currently divides his time between choreographing for individual projects, performing and teaching.

Joe has an extensive Film & Television CV alongside work in live theatre. Choreographing violence from ancient warfare to modern day murders.
Fight director & combat tutor across Europe. DJ draws from a diverse training base, enabling him to develop & explore new ideas in the field of Stage Combat.  

DJ Johnson

DJ has been working as a fight director and stage combat tutor for several years, teaching theatrical and filmic violence to many theatres and educational bodies; including Drama Centre, Central Saint Martins. He’s also The Marlowe Theatre’s Creative Development Stage Combat Tutor – having recently worked with them for their performance of Julius Caesar, (in association with the RSC) and for their National Theatre Connections program.

His diverse training, both at East 15’s BA Acting & Stage Combat course and Drama Centre’s MA Acting programme, has allowed him to develop and apply the fundamentals of Laban (with Jung’s psychological factors) to create more dynamic and holistic theatrical violence – moulding physical scores that connect with the actor/character and moving the scene to a more resonant and visceral level.

Throughout all this, DJ endeavours to keep actors safe and comfortable at all times – always maintaining an open dialogue between performers and directors.

Recent work includes international tours, music videos, street theatre and short films, alongside teaching the magic of stage and screen violence to all; young and old, 1-on-1 and in groups. 

Dr Chris Main

(Honorary Patron)

Chris Main holds an MA in Theatre Practice and a PhD in Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre from Exeter University. He is a Certified Teacher of stage combat with the BASSC, a fight examiner for Stage Combat Germany and holds a black belt in Aikido. Chris has worked for many theatre companies including: the Orange Tree, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Crucible Theatre, Graeae, The Northcott, and the BBC.

Alongside Nick Hall, Chris co-wrote and established the East 15 BA Honours ‘Acting & Stage Combat’ course, the only stage combat focused degree program in the world.

Directing work includes numerous productions for the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London and East 15. Meanwhile his film & TV work includes several fight choreographer, assistant choreographer and performer credits.

Head of programs at East 15 acting school Chris has been influential in the stage combat world; co-founding the worlds only stage combat focused degree course in the world.
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