Education: Physical Training
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA)
674 S Orcas St
Seattle, WA 98108
Offers classes and workshops for children, teens and adults on a range of circus practices. Also has 4 performance troupes.
World Clown Association
David Taft (AEA, AFTRA)
David Taft teaches theatrical biomechanics and mask circus art (neutral, expressive, and Commedia). He is available for individual coaching and offers workshops on a regular basis.
United Stuntmen’s International Stunt School
United Stuntmen's International Stunt School offers 2 and 3-week intensive professional training workshops. David Boushey, the founder, is also the founder of the Society of American Fight Directors and one of 10 Fight Masters in North America. He has had a 25 year professional career as a stunt performer and instructor throughout North America.
Arne Zaslove was the first American to study at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and served an apprenticeship with Commedia dell’Arte master Carolo Mazzone-Clementi. He has directed all over the world with groups such as the Pickle Family Circus, the Clown Conservatory, Circus Center in San Francisco, Cirque du Soleil, the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake, California, and at the Commedia School in Copenhagen, Denmark. Arne is highly skilled at helping clowns and physical theater performers find the motor in their routines, develop their characters, build and extend their comic business, and improvise with freedom and confidence. Arne also teaches mask work as well as physical theater and improvisation. (See Acting Coaches, Shakespeare)
Lee’s Martial Arts
Lee’s Martial Arts offers classes and private instruction for children and adults in Tae Kwon Do, Judo, boxing, Brazilian Jujitsu and Eskrima. Proprietor Master Eddie Arnold first received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 8 and now holds a 5th degree black belt, as well as a brown belt in Judo and a blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu. He is the youngest African American Hapkido Master in the world. Space rental is also available.
Massage and Body Work
Barbara Coon practices cranial-sacral therapy, a massage technique which gently re-aligns the skeletal structure of the body with particular attention to the relationship between the cranium and the sacrum. Ms. Coon also successfully works on relieving both the symptoms and the causes of TMJ.
Chad Kelderman (AEA)
Chad Kelderman specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic massage and SOMA Bodywork. He works with singers and actors.
A man of many talents, Bob MacDougall is also a licensed massage therapist.
Capitol Hill/Central District
Nadov Nahari offers Swedish and deep tissue massage as well as cranial-sacral therapy.
Feldenkrais Teachers in Seattle is an organization of local Feldenkrais practicioners.
A British native, Lynne Compton is an actor and teaching member of Alexander Technique International. She works at Freehold and offers private lessons to actors, musicians, dancers and singers. With singing coach Lucia Neare and pianist Matt Goodrich, Ms. Compton teaches group workshops titled “Singing and the Alexander Technique: Sounding the Whole Self.”
Steve Hurley (MM)
Steve Hurley holds an MM in vocal performance and is certified by NASTAT (North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique). He uses Alexander Technique to help vocal problems and coaches actors, singers and dancers in movment characterization.
Catherine Kettrick offers group classes and private coaching. She belongs to Alexander Technique International and has taught since 1976.
A man of many talents, MacDougall is a stage combat specialist (armed and unarmed techniques and stunt coordinator), fight director with the Society of American Fight Directors, member of the United Stuntman’s Association and is certified in several martial arts. In addition, he is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and licensed massage therapist. He also offers general coaching in movement, with private and group sessions available. A movement teacher at Cornish College of the Arts, MacDougall also teaches tai chi and yoga. His work is recognized on 4 continents.
Catherine Madden teaches acting and Alexander Technique through workshops and private sessions that combine stage work and movement theory. She has been teaching Alexander Technique for over 25 years and is the Alexander Technique Instructor at University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program. (See acting coaches)
Ms. Parsons has been certified as a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1991. On the faculty of the Cornish College dance department, she works with actors, dancers, musicians and performance artists, including Cirque du Soleil performers.
David Taft (AEA, AFTRA)
David Taft trained at the Michael Howard Studio in New York and at the Dell’Arte School with Carolo Mazzone-Clementi. He has worked with Tony Montanaro in movment and mime as well as Gennadi Bogdanov in theatrical biomechanics. Mr. Taft has taught at Freehold Studio, at Cornish College (15 years), and has offered workshops and residencies over the last 25 years at colleges and universities on both coasts. David also teaches Clown Art.
Andy is a graduate of the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York. He is certified by and a member of NASTAT (North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) and offers private lessons.
Society of American Fight Directors
Geoffrey Alm is an actor, fight director, and certified teacher and Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors. His specialties are rapier & dagger, broadsword, small sword, quarterstaff, sword & shield, knife and single sword. He also teaches certification and re-certification classes at Freehold. He directs stage combat for both contemporary and period productions.
Bob Borwick (AEA)
A graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake California, Bob is certified as a teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and specializes in unarmed combat, comedic, single sword and small sword. He is on the faculty of Seattle Pacific University, was associate director of the Academy of the Sword in San Francisco, and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. A teacher for 14 years, Bob teaches dance choreography and private movement consultation as well a combat.
Fight Designer, LLC
Contact Kevin Inouye, Sole Proprietor. Fight Designer, LLC is a Seattle-based supplier of weapons and related props for theatrical productions, independent films, photographers, and anyone else needing safe, attractive, functional weapon props. Inouye also provides related services as a fight designer, stunt consultant, gun wrangler, and actor.
A man of many talents, Bob MacDougall is a stage combat specialist (armed and unarmed techniques and stunt coordinator), fight director with the Society of American Fight Directors, member of the United Stuntman’s Association and is certified in several martial arts. In addition, he is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and licensed massage therapist. He also offers general coaching in movement, with private and group sessions available. A movement teacher at Cornish College of the Arts, MacDougall also teaches tai chi and yoga. His work is recognized on 4 continents.