Tonya Lynn

Tonya Lynn is a Pittsburgh, PA based director, fight choreographer, and actor whose credits include work for Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, Throughline Theater, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, New Renaissance Theatre Company, and the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival,  as well as several local universities including Seton Hill University, Slippery Rock University, Marietta College, and the University of Pittsburgh.  She is also the coordinator for the Allegheny Alley Fight, a new regional SAFD workshop in the Pittsburgh area, entering its third year in 2017.

Tonya is a co-founder of Brawling Bard Theater, a company focusing on reimagining classical theatrical works while providing opportunities for young actors to learn and perform stage combat.  In addition to her theatrical work, Tonya is a teaching artist in Pittsburgh with the Community College of Allegheny County (South Campus), Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre, Gateway to the Arts, and Hope Academy for Music & the Arts.  She has been a proud member of the Society of American Fight Directors since 2004, and has also trained with the United Stuntmen’s Association.  


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Allegheny Alley Fights / SPR

May 13, 2017 Single Sword Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Skills Test Allegany Alley Fight

May 14, 2016 Broadsword and Shield Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Rose Academy of Armes

Mar 28, 2014 Single Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
Mar 28, 2014 Quarterstaff Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Drake University

Nov 23, 2013 Unarmed Des Moines, Iowa Basic Pass
Nov 20, 2011 Single Sword Des Moines, Iowa Recommended Pass

University of Pittsburgh

Dec 17, 2011 Unarmed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass

Private Classes

Aug 22, 2010 Small Sword Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
Aug 22, 2010 Broadsword and Shield Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Basic Pass

The Carnage in the Corn

Nov 21, 2009 Knife Des Moines, Iowa Recommended Pass
Nov 21, 2009 Quarterstaff Des Moines, Iowa Recommended Pass

2008 National Stage Combat Workshops - NCSA

Jul 25, 2008 Broadsword Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 25, 2008 Rapier and Dagger Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 25, 2008 Unarmed Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass

Swordlady - Cincinnati

Jul 3, 2008 Single Sword Cincinnati, Ohio Basic Pass
Jul 3, 2008 Knife Cincinnati, Ohio Basic Pass
Jul 3, 2008 Unarmed Cincinnati, Ohio Basic Pass
Jul 3, 2008 Quarterstaff Cincinnati, Ohio Basic Pass