Cody Swanson

Cody first got interested with stage combat during a production of Romeo & Juliet he was in, in 2007, choreographed by John Davis. From there, at his performing arts high school in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, he was taught more technique by fellow Advanced Actor-Combatant Dusten Welch. Performance credits in Cleveland include To Kill A Mockingbird at Lakeland Community College, Bus Stop, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Crucible at Big Dog Theatre, and A Christmas Story at The Cleveland Play House, to name just a few. In the fall of 2011, Cody started training under Charles Conwell -certified Fight Director and Stage Combat Teacher with the SAFD- at his stage combat program at The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Performance credits in Philadelphia include Kiss Me, Kate, She Loves Me, Side ShowO' Beautiful, and The 39 Steps at The University of the Arts, and Don Giovanni at Opera Philadelphia. Now, back in Cleveland, Ohio with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Musical Theatre from UArts, Cody is back to work in Cleveland's vibrant theatre community, and is fortunate enough to teach at his performing arts high school, along side his past teachers, now colleagues.  


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop

Oct 2, 2015 Single Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
Oct 2, 2015 Knife Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass

University of the Arts

May 5, 2015 Broadsword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
May 5, 2015 Small Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
May 5, 2015 Broadsword and Shield Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
May 5, 2015 Quarterstaff Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
May 5, 2015 Rapier and Dagger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
May 5, 2015 Unarmed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
May 8, 2014 Single Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
May 8, 2014 Small Sword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
May 8, 2014 Quarterstaff Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Basic Pass
May 8, 2014 Broadsword and Shield Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
May 4, 2013 Broadsword Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
May 4, 2013 Rapier and Dagger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
May 4, 2013 Knife Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass
May 4, 2013 Unarmed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Recommended Pass