Keith Gavigan

Advanced Actor/Combatant

Keith Gavigan (AAC) has worked as a professional actor and a movement specialist for over 25 years, performing in Chicago, Cincinnati and regionally across the United States. He holds a B.A. from Western Illinois University and an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. He also apprenticed at Center Theatre of Chicago.

He recently was the Fight Director for King Charles 111 at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh, NC. and Fight Director for both Faith and Outside Mullingar at The Irish American Theatre Company in Cincinnati, OH. Other credits include Journeys End at Deep Dish Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC, And A Few Good Men at Gibbons H.S. Raleigh, NC. He also was the featured Swordsman in Romeo & Juliet at the Carolina Ballet, Raleigh, NC and Assistant fight director to Jeff A.R. Jones for Trinity High School’s Robin Hood.  His Favorite fight credits includes swashbuckling in I Hate Hamlet, Small Sword in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and jumping off a 35 foot tower as a stuntman at Paramount's Kings Island.  He has performed at Historic Playmakers Theatre, Manbites Dog Theater, and the Carolina Ballet. He also has appeared in numerous commercials and films.

Keith is proud to have studied stage combat with many of the amazing stage combat instructors in this country, including Paul Dennhardt, Susan Evinston, Drew Fracher, K Jenny Jones and Jeff A.R, Jones. And through workshops: (Fight Masters) David "Maestro" Boushey, J. David Brimmer, Michael Chin, Dale Girard, Mark Guinn, Scott Mann, Richard Raether, Ian Rose, Richard Ryan and David Woolley, (Fight Directors) Michael Jerome Johnson (Certified Teachers) Gina Cerimele-Mechle, Patrick Kelly, L. Anzaldua, Neil Masse, Lewis Shaw and others outside of the Society.

Recently he has been training with Gina Cerimele-Mechley, via Monday Melee at Cincinnati Shakespeare and attended the 2018 Cease and Desist and 2018 Allegany Alley Fight.

When not on stage he can be seen promoting conservation of endangered species and bicycling. 

Trained in:

1.Rapier and Dagger

2.Single Sword & Hollywood swashbuckling

3.Broadsword

4.Sword and Shield

5.Smallsword

6.Knife

7.Quarterstaff

8.Unarmed

9.  Some experience with: hand guns, machine guns, sabre, sword and buckler, sword and cape, sword and lantern, ax, whip, guns (stunts) lightsaber!


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Stage Combat Academy of NC

May 17, 2015 Single Sword Raleigh, North Carolina Basic Pass
May 17, 2015 Small Sword Raleigh, North Carolina Basic Pass
May 17, 2015 Broadsword Raleigh, North Carolina Basic Pass
May 17, 2015 Broadsword and Shield Raleigh, North Carolina Basic Pass

Elon University

May 14, 2014 Rapier and Dagger Elon, North Carolina Recommended Pass
May 14, 2014 Quarterstaff Elon, North Carolina Basic Pass