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Colleges, Universities, and Other Institutions

Many students want to find high-quality stage combat training associated with an actor training program. Many colleges and universities, as well as theaters and private schools offer such training. It can vary from a one semester crash course, to a seven semester overview. If you are interested in finding institutions who offer this type of training, and who offer the Skills Proficiency Test, look below. You can be assured of safe, quality training, as the institutions below hire Society of American Fight Directors certified Teachers, Fight Directors, or Fight Masters.



Academy of the Sword

The Actors Gymnasium, Chicago

Art in Arms, St. Paul, MN

Atlanta Stage Combat Studio

Bard Alley Studio, Cincinnati

Boise Stage Combat

Combat Inc., New York City

Dueling Arts International, San Francisco

Fake Fighting Company, MN

Fight or Flight Academy, MN

Fights R Us / New York Fight Ensemble

Fights4 / Summer Sling, New York City

Freehold Theater Studio Lab, Seattle

Lincoln Square Arts Center, Chicago

The Los Angeles Fight Academy

MACE: Movement and Combat Education, Chicago.

The National Fight Directors Training Program, Maine

The Noble Blades / Reston Community Theatre VA.

Roundhouse Theatre, MD

Swordplay, New York, NY

Theatre Puget Sound, Seattle

Vagabond School of The Arts, Chicago



INSTITUTIONS supporting The SAFD Skills Proficiency Test

Academy for Classical Acting at G. Washington University

Adelphi University, N.Y.

American Conservatory Theater (ACT)

American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)

American University, Washington D.C.

Arcadia University, PA.

The Atlanta Stage Combat Studio

The Barter Theater, VA

Blue Jacket

Boston University

Brandeis University

Brigham Young University

Brooklyn College – Graduate School

The California Institute of the Arts

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western University, Cleveland

Catholic University, Washington D.C.

Christopher Newport University

City College of New York

The College-Conservatory of Music

College of Du Page, IL

College of William and Mary

Colorado Renaissance Festival

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Columbia College Chicago

The Cornish College of The Arts, Seattle

DePaul University, Chicago

Denver Center for The Performing Arts

Duke University

East Carolina University

Eastern Illinois University

Everyman Theatre, Baltimore

Florida State University

Fort Lewis College

Frostburg State

FSU/Asolo Conservatory

Fullerton College

Georgia Shakespeare Festival

Hanover College

The Hartt School at University of Hartford

Hofstra University

Horn in The West

Illinois State University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Indiana University

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Ithaca College, London Centre

Kutztown University

The Lee Strasberg Institute

The Legend of Daniel Boone

The Lost Colony, Manteo, N.C.

Louisiana State University

Louisiana Tech

Marquette University

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Marymount-Fordham London Drama Academy

McDaniel College

Mercer University

Muhlenberg College, PA

The National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

National Theatre Conservatory

New Mexico State University

New York University

Niagara University

North Hennepin Community College, MN

Northern Kentucky University

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Northwestern University, IL.

Off Square Theatre, WY

Ohio University

On Edge Productions

Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Pace University, (Undergraduate and MFA) New York City

Paradise Valley Community College, AZ.

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University – Berks

Regent University

Reinhardt University

Rockford University

Rockland Community College, N.Y.

Roosevelt University, Chicago

Rowan University, N.J.

Rutgers University

Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y.

Savannah College of Art and Design

SC Dallas

Shakespeare Theatre Company / Folger Theatre

Southern Illinois University

Southern Methodist University

State University of New York / Purchase

Sterling Renaissance Festival

Synetic Theater, Washington D.C.


Temple University

Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Theatre West Virginia

Three Dragons Academy, Seattle


The University of Alabama

The University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Arizona

The University of the Arts

The University of Cincinnati

The University of Colorado at Boulder

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

The University of Denver

The University of Florida

The University of Houston

The University of Idaho

The University of Illinois

The University of Iowa

The University of Kentucky

The University of Maryland

The University of Mary Washington, VA

The University of Miami

The University of Michigan

The University of Nebraska

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts

The University of Oklahoma

The University of Pittsburgh

The University of South Carolina

The University of South Florida

The University of South Alabama 

The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Utah

The University of Virginia

The University of Washington

The University of Wisconsin: Milwaukee

The University of Wyoming

Unto These Hills, Cherokee, N.C.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech

Walnut Street Theatre School

Webster College

Western Illinois University

Western Oregon University

Wichita State University

Willamette University

William Peace University

Wright State University