Michael Crowley (He/Him/His)

Michael E Crowley

Michael Crowley is a native of Missoula, Montana but has called the Seattle area home since 1988.  After a childhood influenced by the sword work of Zorro, Robin Hood, and John Carter of Mars, he was finally introduced to stage fighting during a 1992 production of “Cyrano de Bergerac”, in which the fateful words, “It’ll look good on your resume!” were uttered and, thus, off to classes he went, where he was promptly, and well and truly, bitten by the swashbuckling bug.  

He proceeded to study stage combat with Society of American Fight Directors-certified instructors such as Geoff Alm and Robert Macdougall for the next five-and-a-half years, including one-time workshops with Drew Fracher and Dale Girard, and has held certifications as both an actor/combatant and a recommended/recognized actor combatant. He is a current SAFD member, and was just completed filming on the Amazon Prime webseries "The Scottish Play," where he worked under the direction of stunt coordinator Dan Speaker.  Michael can also be seen in the short action comedy film "Hard Out" and he choreographed a long-distance saber vs. baseball fight in the short film "Tess Tetley - Girl Brand Manager." 

Michael's also appeared as Cardinal Richelieu in Greenstage’s production of “The Three Musketeers”, as well as serving as the production’s fight captain and being a utility fighter.
  Before that, his work as a teacher, performer, and fight director has been seen at: Edmonds Community College; Seattle Pacific University; Act One Theater; True Edge Theater; Tacoma Musical Playhouse; Lakewood Institute of Theater; Briarwood Christian School; the Wing Luke Museum’s “So You Think You Know Bruce?” exhibit; and in the anthology film “Hobo With A Trashcan”.

To further his understanding of how a sword is used in earnest, Michael has also studied sport fencing for two years (foil and epee) with Salle Auriol Seattle and has been privileged, for the last 18 years, to be a student of the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute of Seattle under the instruction of Sigung Taky Kimura and his son Sifu Andrew Kimura. Before leaving to focus on his acting career, Michael was recognized as a senior student and had assisted with seminars and class instruction. 

 Michael appeared for two seasons as a regular character (and several supporting ones) on SPACE 101.1 FM's improvised weekly radio drama series, "Broken, Alaska", and  recently wrapped filming on a webpilot as well as the Sidereel Film Festival award winning "Pandemic Purgatory." Upcoming projects include the recently completed short horror film "Unraveled" and a stint as a Scottish soldier in the Amazon webseries "The Scottish Play," (featuring battles coordinated by Dan Speaker)  

Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

Freehold Summer Qstaff

Sep 17, 2023 Quarterstaff Seattle, Washington Recommended Pass

Sword and Sheild Freehold Fall

Dec 16, 2022 Broadsword and Shield Seattle, Washington Basic Pass

Freehold Summer Smallsword

Sep 26, 2022 Small Sword Seattle, Washington Recommended Pass

Freehold Winter 2022/Broadsword

Mar 29, 2022 Broadsword Seattle, Washington Basic Pass

Freehold Singlesword Spring 2021

Jul 5, 2021 Single Sword Seattle, Washington Recommended Pass