Fight directOR 

"Theatre is 'magic'. Magic is an 'illusion'. Theatrical fighting is an 'illusion'."- Jonathan Howell

How I became a fight director 

This is one of the most asked questions when I introduce myself as a fight director. I know that when I first walk into a rehearsal room, everyone always looks a little surprised to see a 5'1 tall Japanese female fight director! 

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The Comedy of Errors @ Mercury Theatre

It all started with having stage combat lessons in the 1st year of drama school and from the get-go, I loved it! As a physical actor, I loved this form of story telling, the way we can create real tension and huge drama by a make-believe punch to the nose, stabbing in the eye or fatal strangling by simply applying a range of techniques was amazing to me!

Done well, stage fighting can generate huge reactions from the audience, while always keeping the actors safe.

After graduating from drama school, I started my apprenticeship with British Academy of Dramatic Combat and successfully became a certified teacher and fight director in 2005. 

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Pink Sari Revolution @ Curve Theatre

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The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson 
@Park Theatre

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Harajuku Girls @ Finborough Theatre

Since then, I have fight directed and taught stage combat in all around the U.K. and Europe at various theatres, drama schools and workshops, spreading the love and fun of this art form to actors of all ages and abilities. 

recent credits 

Wilton Music Hall  |  Starcrossed *as the fight & intimacy director  |  2022  |  Dir: Philip Wilson 

 

BEZNA Theatre  |  Wipe These Tears  |  2022  |  Dir: Nico Vaccari 

 

Mercury Theatre, Colchester  |  The Comedy of Errors  |  2022  | Dir: Ryan McBryde

 

Southwark Playhouse   |   The Woods *as the fight & intimacy director  |   2022  |  Dir: Russell Bolam  

 

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch   |   All My Sons *as the fight & intimacy director   |   2022  |  Dir: Douglas Rintoul  

 

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch   |   Love Letters the Musical  |   2021  |  Dir: Douglas Rintoul

 

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch   |   Neville's Island  |   2021  |  Dir: Emma Baggott

Guildford Shakespeare Company   |   Macbeth/ Romeo and Juliet   |   2020  | Dir: Ant Stone/ Gabriella Bird

Park Theatre   |   The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson   |   2019  |   Dir: Lotte Wakenham

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