Expand, Educate, Empower [EEE]

Expand, Educate, Empower (EEE) allows underserved communities and organizations to receive 30 hours of training in a particular weapon discipline (e.g. unarmed, single sword, knife, etc.) from an SAFD Certified Teacher and Advanced Actor Combatant. The 30 hours of training will culminate in a Skills Proficiency Test to be adjudicated by a Fight Master, giving students the opportunity to certify in said discipline. Payment for Certified Teachers, Advanced Actor Combatants, and adjudication fees will be provided for by the Society of American Fight Directors or grant funding. The organization receiving the education will not be held responsible for these expenses.

The mission of "Expand, Educate, Empower" is to:

  1. Expand the outreach and diversity of the Society of American Fight Directors by connecting underserved artists and theatre professionals to stage combat professionals.
  2. Provide free access to stage combat education.
  3. Empower a more diverse cohort of theatre professionals.

The basic setup of the program:

  1. An interested organization who wants to participate in the program must apply to the "EEE" project through our application portal.
    • Organizations are selected based upon need, location, and experience.
    • A "Selection Committee" will be comprised of members of the SAFD who represent the global majority, different genders, disabilities, and marginalized sexual orientations. Members will read, discuss, and vote on which organizations the SAFD wishes to partner with.
  2. The Certified Teacher (CT) and Advanced Actor Combatant (AAC) can be paired with an organization through multiple avenues.
    1. An organization may request a Certified Teacher or Advanced Actor Combatant they would prefer to work with.
    2. If an organization does not have particular Society members they would prefer to work with, the organization will be given a list of local, interested SAFD members. The organization may then choose whom they are interested in working with.
    3. If an organization does not have a preference on a specific CT or AAC they would like to work with, the decision will then go to the "Selection Committee". If an individual serving on the Selection Committee would like to participate, they must abstain from voting in their particular location. If a tie breaking vote is needed, the Vice President will serve as such.
  3. Interested organizations who are accepted into the program will work with the Development Department, Certified Teachers, and Advanced Actor Combatants to find a time period that works best for all involved. The earliest an initiative may start is 2022.
  4. The chosen organizations will be supplied with, at minimum, 30 hours of training in their selected discipline. The 30 hours culminate in a Skills Proficiency Test to be adjudicated by a Fight Master, giving students the opportunity to certify in said discipline.
    • We highly recommend that all partner organizations start with the "unarmed" weapons discipline. In the event that the community has need for a different discipline, Robb Hunter, of Preferred Arms Theatrical Weapons, has graciously donated the service of his armory as long as shipping is paid for.

Interested Party Requirements

For Organizations:

Any organization seeking this opportunity from the Society of American Fight Directors may apply given that they meet the requirements. Partner organizations are responsible for deciding if they are underserved and what qualifies them as such.

  • Interested organizations can apply for this opportunity via our Google Form application. A Letter of Intent will be required, which should outline how this opportunity will benefit both the individuals and the community at large.
  • All interested parties must adhere to the COVID Guidelines put forward by the SAFD.
  • Under no circumstances may a selected partner organization charge its students/participants to participate in this program.
  • interested organization must provide sufficient space for the expected number of students to move freely. The maximum number of students allotted for an initiative is sixteen (16).
  • Interested organizations should be incorporated as a non-profit. Examples of non-profit organizations can include academic or educational institutions, community or professional theatres and performing arts groups, or any other form of underserved non-profit organization with an interest in stage combat education and specifically the EEE Initiative with the SAFD.
  • All participants in the program must be at least eighteen (18) years of age by the time the program starts.
  • The first cycle of this initiative will have three (3) iterations with the goal of having all initiatives transpire between Spring - early Fall 2022. Applications for the first cycle are due by 11:59pm EST on December 17, 2021. Class periods can be structured in multiple ways given scheduling needs.
  • Partner organizations will be required to document their experiences through bi-weekly reports on the training and facilitation of this process. They must also give consent for the SAFD to share documentation of their experiences.

For Certified Teachers and Advanced Actor Combatants:

Information and requirements for Certified Teachers and Advanced Actor Combatants interested in participating in the EEE initiative please see the Google Interest Form in the "Applications For EEE" section below.

Please note, if chosen, CTs and AACs must:

  • Submit to a background check.
  • Adhere to all ethical standards and code(s) of conduct provided by both the participating organization and the SAFD.
  • Adhere to the COVID Guidelines put forward by EEE and the SAFD.
  • In the event that a CT or AAC is unavailable to attend a class period they are responsible for finding a qualified individual to cover it. They must clear the personnel scheduled to cover the class with both the Program Developer and the partner organization.


The Society of American Fight Directors recognizes that with the current state of pandemic, the safety and health of the participants cannot be guaranteed. In the event that the course needs to be cancelled, the SAFD will work with the participating organization to find a time that works for the CT, AAC, and the organization. If the original CT and/or AAC is unavailable to or unable to participate during the new time, the Selection Committee and organization will select a CT and/or AAC who is available. The protocols all participants will be expected to adhere to are as follows:

  • All participants, CTs, AACs, students, and any other personnel must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to participate in the program. Proof of vaccination is required. No exceptions will be made.
  • All participants must wear a mask, covering their nose and mouth, and otherwise be compliant with current CDC best practices in order to participate.
  • All participants will follow COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the CDC, and the Society of American Fight Directors, regardless of the individual state mandates.
  • Guidelines are subject to change at any time based on new recommendations or information received from the CDC and/or SAFD.

Applications for EEE

For any questions, please contact development@safd.org.