Keith Gavigan

Advanced Actor/Combatant

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Keith Gavigan (AAC) is currently the Fight Director for King Charles 111 at Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh, NC. He was recently Fight Director for both Faith and Outside Mullingar  at The Irish American Theatre Company, 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.  He has been training with Gina Cerimele-Mechley,  Monday Melee at Cincinnati Shakespeare and is registered to attend the 2018 Cease and Desist and 2018 Allegany Alley Fight. Now based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Celebrating 22 years as a SAFD member. 


Keith Gavigan is an advanced Actor combatant and fight choreographer and a member of the Society of American Fight Directors for over 22 years.  Recently he staged fights for DeepDish Theatre Company's Journeys End and Gibbon’s High School production of A Few Good Men . Also he was the assistant fight director 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 is also an actor, having performed locally at Historic Playmakers Theatre, Manbites Dog Theater, and the Carolina Ballet. He also has appeared in numerous commercials and films. He holds a M.F.A. in Dramatic Performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a B.A. in Theatre from Western Illinois University.  When not on stage he can be seen teaching k-12 school programs, 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 Some experience with: hand guns, machine guns,sabre,sword and buckler,sword and cape,sword and lantern,ax,whip,guns (stunts) lightsaber!

  1. Rapier and Dagger pd, jj,    
  2. Single Sword (sabre, single rapier, Hollywood swashbuckling) pd, jj    
  3. Broadsword pd, jj
  4. Broadsword and Shield jj
  5. Smallsword se, jj, pd    
  6. Knife jj
  7. Quarterstaff pd, se, jj
  8. Unarmed. pd, se, jj, kj, jj


sword and buckler pd, jj
sword and cape pd, jj
sword and lantern pd
ax jj
whip kj, jj
guns (stunts)
lightsaber kj, jj

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