Mike Mahaffey

Fight Director Representative, Fight Director, Certified Teacher

Born and raised in Richland, Washington, Mike has always been interested in stage and screen combat, having choreographed his first professional production the summer he graduated from High School. 

Mike enrolled at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he continued to create fights for university productions as well as helping to teach the stage combat component of his own movement program. He continued his training in graduate school by earning his Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and continued to work as an actor and fight director for regional theatres all around the southeast.  Mike then moved back to the Pacific Northwest, choosing Seattle as his next destination where he made a name for himself as the fight director for the critically acclaimed "Money & Run" series as well as numerous productions through Seattle, Tacoma and Portland, Oregon. 

Mike continues his acting and fight career today in Los Angeles where he has established himself as a highly creative and qualified fight director and teacher of stage combat. This year, Mike was the recipient of an Ovations Honors Award for his fight choreography in Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters as well as a StageRaw nomination for his fights in TASTE

LA Theatre Credits include STONEFACE: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton (with French Stewart and Daisy Egan at the Pasadena Playhouse); Occupation, The Behavior of Broadus, Taste (directed by Stuart Gordon), Astroboy and the God of Comics and Live! From the Last Night of My Life (Sacred Fools Theater Company); Rio Hondo (Theatre of Note); The Trip Back Down (with Nick Stabile);  The Asassination of Leon Trotsky, Cafe Society and Romeo & Juliet (at the Odyssey), Macbeth (The Edgemar Center), She Kills Monsters (LOFT Ensemble), Short Eyes (Urban Theatre Movement). Other credits: Carmen, Faust with FM Dale Girard (San Diego Opera); Midsummer Night’s Dream (English Theatre of Frankfurt), Money & Run (Theater Schmeater); Dial M for Murder, Terra Nova, Merry Wives of Windsor (Tacoma Actors Guild). Film/TV: “The King’s Rook”, “Brush with Danger”, “Masters of Sex”, “Resident Evil: Degeneration”, “Chronicles of Narnia”, “The Gold Retrievers”, “The Bannen Way” and “Last Stand of the 300.” Long distance motorcycle riding is his main distraction.


Skill Proficiency History

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