J. Alex Cordaro

Certified Teacher, Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor

J. Alex Cordaro- Stage Combat Teacher and Fight Director


Alex has directed fights for The McCarter Theatre Center, The Actors Theater of Louisville, The Wilma Theatre, The Arden Theatre Company, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Lantern Theater Company, Theater Exile, Inis Nua Theater Company, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Amaryllis Theater Company, Philadelphia Opera Company, Forensic Files on TRU TV, and others. Alex’s choreography has been sailing all across Europe and the Caribbean for the past six years in Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Saturday Night Fever! Alex has directed numerous fights for Philadelphia area dance companies and colleges.


As a teacher, Alex has worked with Arcadia University, Rowan University  the North Carolina School of the Arts, University of the Arts, Temple University, and The University of Delaware. Alex is also a core instructor for the annual Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop.


Alex is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructors with the Society of American Fight Directors, a three time Barrymore Award Nominee, and was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Project Discovery” series: Careers in the Arts; Fight Director, and his choreography is currently on file at The Lincoln Center in New York.



Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Temple University

Nov 7, 2009 Single Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
Nov 7, 2009 Knife Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
Nov 7, 2009 Unarmed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
Nov 7, 2009 Small Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Philly Cheesesteak 2009

Oct 3, 2009 Broadsword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
Oct 3, 2009 Rapier and Dagger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass