Instructors

Travis Graves discovered parkour in spring 2006 and immediately began training and researching every aspect of the art. Coming from a background of elite-level ice-hockey Travis started with a good base of physical fitness and a mentality of hard work. In fall 2006, Travis found himself in a teaching role after co-founding the country’s first officially recognized parkour club at a major university, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Through over two years of near-daily teaching, Travis honed a skill set that would afford him the opportunity to move to Washington DC to teach at Primal Fitness and head up the gym’s parkour program. Now a full-time parkour practitioner and teacher, Travis works to improve the community and his own skills on a daily basis.  Travis has done extensive commercial and live performance work, and was a competitor on G4’s Jump City: Seattle.

Casey Hudecki has a Theatre Specialist H.B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Fight Director and Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada. Casey has over fifteen years of stage combat performance and teaching experience. As a Fight Director, Casey is the first woman to be credited with Fight Direction at the Stratford Theatre Festival, and has directed fights for various amateur and professional theatre companies throughout the GTA. Casey is a Professional Actor and Stunt Performer in Film, Television and Theatre; recent credits include Sword Double on Lost Girl, as well as Principle roles on King and Nikita. Casey is the winner of the Female Action Performer of the Year at the 2009 Action on Film festival in Los Angeles, as well as the FDC Paddy Crean Award, 2007. Casey is a founding member of Riot A.C.T., the award winning action creation team, which has won twelve awards for their action film shorts. Casey is the founder of TEMPER: Combat Performance Arts. For more on Casey check out her website http://www.caseyhudecki.com and follow her on Twitter @CaseyHudecki and @TemperArts

Matthew R. Wilson is a co-founder of Tooth & Claw Combat Arts and a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.  He has taught across Europe and North America, including at SAFD National and Regional workshops and the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Conference.  He has served as a guest artist at numerous universities—including NYU, Columbia, Georgetown, and Northwestern—and is an Adjunct Professor of Acting at GMU and GWU.  Fight direction credits include NYC Off-Broadway houses and DC-area companies Folger Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Constellation Theatre, and Taffety Punk.  Matt is also a union actor (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) and professional director, as well as being the Founding Artistic Director of DC’s award-winning Commedia dell’Arte company, Faction of Fools Theatre.

He holds an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting and is pursuing a PhD in Theatre History at the University of Maryland, College Park. matthewrwilson.com

Casey Kaleba is a co-founder of Tooth & Claw Combat Arts and a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.  He has staged violence for nearly three hundred productions, including work for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Folger Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, and WSC-Avant Bard.  As a teacher and choreographer he has worked at Universities throughout the region, including the University of Maryland (College Park and Baltimore County), American, George Mason, Georgetown, Catholic, Gallaudet, Shepherd, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and Old Dominion.  He has been invited to teach for the SAFD at the Winter Wonderland, Virginia Beach Bash, and Carnage in the Corn, and serves as the Workshop Armorer for the Paddy Crean Conference.
A company member with Rorschach Theatre, Casey teaches at the Shakespeare Theatre and Round House Theatre and has been a guest artist in Sweden, Canada, and throughout the United States.  More info at www.toothandclawcombat.com

Craig Lawrence is a freelance Fight Choreographer and SAFD Certified Teacher in the Washington, DC area. While getting his B.A. from Frostburg State University, Craig found himself assisting, then teaching and choreographing for the theater program there. He’s not stopped since. Craig’s work as a designer and performer have been seen on the stage in Studio Theater, The Baltimore Lyric Opera, Catholic University, Imagination Stage, Lumina Studios and Washington National Opera. Craig’s on screen work can be see in Step Up 2 the Streets and the upcoming web series The Broken Continent.  Craig has been teaching theatrical combat for over 8 years now, in workshops and venues all over the country, including the Winter Wonderland Workshop (Chicago, IL), the Virginia Beach Bash (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA), Carnage in the Corn (Drake University, Des Moines, IA), UVA (Charlottesville, VA) Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD) Joy of Motion Dance Center (Bethesda, MD) and Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD).  He was invited by Fairfax County Public Schools to set the stage combat guidelines for their theater program and he continues to advise the county on policies and procedures.
When not working in the stunt and fight world, Craig works as a freelance photographer. You can follow his work through his website, FightGuy Photography (http://fightguyphotography.weebly.com)

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