David Gonzalez

Originally from Chicago's western suburbs, Dave is a Fight Director and certified Alexander Technique teacher working in and around the city of Chicago. He currently holds the rank of Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. Among his credits as a fight director, he has worked with American Theatre Company, the Side Project, the Plagiarists, Clockwise Theatre, and several others. In addition, he has assisted at the Florentine Opera, Illinois State University, and served as a guest artist at California State University-Stanislaus. He has also staffed stage combat workshops at venues such as the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Drake University, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Nebraska. His most recent work was seen in Bruise Easy ‚Äč(American Theatre Co) and has several projects upcoming.

As a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Dave is excited to begin this new journey as certified teacher with the American Society for the Alexander Technique.  He first began taking private lessons in 2007 while an acting student at Illinois State University under the tutelage of Paul Dennhardt. After private lessons, he began the 3-year, 1600 hour teacher training course taught by Daria Okugawa. Dave has lead workshops on the Technique at the Elgin Fringe Festival and the Winter Wonderland Workshop, the largest regional stage combat workshop in the country. His current work as a Company Associate with MACE: Movement And Combat Education is a driving force as Dave continues to use the Technique as a basis for the instruction and performance of stage combat.


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Actor's Gym Spring of 2017 Knife

Jun 4, 2017 Broadsword and Shield Evanston, Illinois Recommended Pass

Unarmed SPT

May 8, 2017 Broadsword Normal, Illinois Recommended Pass

Broadsword Spring of 2017

Mar 19, 2017 Unarmed Evanston, Illinois Recommended Pass
Mar 19, 2017 Knife Evanston, Illinois Recommended Pass

Fall 2016 SPR Workshop

Sep 25, 2016 Rapier and Dagger Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass

Fall 2015 SPR Workshop

Sep 27, 2015 Unarmed Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass

MACE

Jan 10, 2015 Quarterstaff Saint Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass
Dec 14, 2014 Small Sword Chicago, Illinois Basic Pass

MACE - Movement and Combat Education

Sep 27, 2014 Broadsword Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
Sep 27, 2014 Rapier and Dagger Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
Mar 30, 2014 Single Sword Chicago, Illinois Recommended Pass
Mar 8, 2014 Broadsword and Shield Saint Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass
Dec 7, 2013 Knife Saint Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass
Jan 4, 2013 Unarmed Saint Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass

Private Classes

Dec 17, 2011 Broadsword St. Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass
Dec 17, 2011 Small Sword St. Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass

College of DuPage

Dec 5, 2011 Rapier and Dagger Glen Ellyn, Illinois Recommended Pass

Elgin Community College

Dec 14, 2010 Broadsword and Shield Elgin, Illinois Recommended Pass

Noble Fool Theatricals

Dec 11, 2010 Small Sword St. Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass
Jul 31, 2010 Single Sword St. Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass
Jul 18, 2009 Knife St. Charles, Illinois Recommended Pass

Illinois State University

Dec 12, 2008 Small Sword Normal, Oklahoma Basic Pass