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Joseph David Martinez is one of the founding members of the Society of American Fight Directors. He created the first SAFD National Stage Combat Workshop and the SAFD Teacher Training Certification program. As SAFD president, he began the system of SAFD Regional Representatives and later served as Editor of The Fight Master magazine. JD is the author of, COMBAT MIME, A Non-Violent Approach to Stage Violence, Nelson-Hall Publishers; THE SWORDS OF SHAKESPEARE, An Illustrated Guide to Sword Fighting in the Plays of Shakespeare, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Martinez is a SAFD Fight Master Emeritus, an Associate Member of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England, and professor of theater at Washington and Lee University.

In this episode, I’ll be asking Joseph about :

  • How is staging a comedy different from staging a tragedy?
  • What are the techniques you use in battlefield scenes that are different from one on one fights?
  • What are some of the Elizabethan masters that teach us what Shakespeare would have done on stage?
  • What kinds of weapons were popular on Shakespeare's stage?
  • …and more!

Learn more about Joseph and his work here:

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