Brian Guidry LeTraunik (He/Him/His)

Certified Teacher

Brian is an actor, director, educator. author, fight director and SAFD Certified Teacher of stage combat. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at Coker University in Hartsville, SC, where he teaches all levels of acting, directing, movement, and stage combat, as well as directing in the university season. This academic year, he will be directing and fight directing Deathtrap and Legally Blonde.

Recent choreography credits include The Play That Goes Wrong for Hilton Head High School and Sweat for Sumter Little Theatre. In 2024, he will be directing and fight directing Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood for Weathervane Playhouse. He has taught acting, directing. theatre history, musical theatre history, movement, stage combat, voice, and Shakespeare performance for such institutions as SUNY Cortland, Lamar University, Valparaiso University, Eastern Illinois University, University of Findlay, Wichita State University, DePaul University, Coe College, Drake University, Western Illinois University, Simpson College and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Brian has also taught at several SAFD workshops, including the Lonestar Smash, Texas Intensive, Cease & Desist Workshop, National Stage Combat Workshop, Carnage in the Corn, Winter Wonderland Workshop, Rumble in the Rockies, and the Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop. His book A History of Contemporary Stage Combat, 1969-Today is currently available on Amazon and He is presently working on his second book on the life and work of acclaimed fight director William Hobbs. Additionally Brian is the creator and host of "To The Hilt", a stage combat podcast (www,

As an actor, favorite roles include Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone (Clinton Area Showboat Theatre); Polonius in Hamlet, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Prospero in The Tempest (Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company); Lafew in All's Well That Ends Well, Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida (Bard in the Barn); Skylight in Class Enemy (Red Hen Productions); and Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show (Summer Music Theatre). Favorite directing credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Boeing Boeing, The 39 Steps, for Lamar University, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Eastern Illinois University, the U.S. Premiere of Tunnel Rat for Genesis Theatricals and the world premiere of Hannukatz, the Musical for National Pastime Theatre. Brian has a BA in Theatre (Acting Concentration) from Columbia College Chicago and a MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University. He is currently a Certified Teacher Candidate with the National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA), a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

Skill Proficiency History

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