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Master Lecture: Kyle Rowling: Fight Master

August 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Australian Fight Master Kyle Rowling pulls back the curtain for a special peek behind the scenes of his work as performer and choreographer of staged combat for film, stage and television. His impressive resume includes training many Star Wars actors in proper swordsmanship- including Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson. He performed as fight double for cinema legend Christopher Lee for Episodes 2 & 3 is also fight/movement double for CGI character General Grievous.

For this exclusive Workhouse experience, Mr. Rowling will unspool a sizzle reel featuring highlights from his work accompanied by live technique demonstration and backstage-style commentary regarding his experiences in theatrical stage combat and film world. The evening concludes with a talk-back Q&A session with the artist and photo opportunities.

About Kyle Rowling
Kyle is an Australian actor with expert-level specialist screen combat techniques. He has studied acting and martial arts since 1978 and is one of the world’s most respected Stage Combat Instructors and Fight Directors. Kyle has worked in film, television and theatre productions as both an actor and Fight Director. In theatre he has hundreds of credits.

In film he was the Assistant Sword Master for Star Wars: Episode’s 2 & 3, and during that time his duties included training actors including Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee. He was also Christopher Lee’s fight double for both films as well as the movement and fight double for the General Grievous character, among others including playing a Jedi Knight named Joclad Danva.

Kyle was Eric Bana’s personal weapon’s trainer for Troy, and the edged weapon’s specialist for Wanted, where he was responsible for training James McEvoy, whilst also doubling the ‘Butcher’ character for his fight scenes in this film. Most recently Kyle was the Fight Director for the Australian feature films Gabriel and Infini.

As an actor, Kyle has worked for many independent theatre companies in Sydney and overseas, including several times for Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, and Opera Australia. He is one of the founding directors of the Sydney Shakespeare company Bard on the Beach, and he has performed on Australian television and also starred in the Starz production Spartacus: Blood & Sand. In 2014 Kyle spent seven months in Wales, UK, as the Assistant Stunt Coordinator on the Starz production’s final season of Da Vinci’s Demons, once again his primary duties were choreographing the sword and fists fights for the show, training the actors and doubling several actors for their fight scenes, and assisting Stunt Coordinator Nick Gillard in all aspects including, high falls and full body burns.

Kyle is a seasoned actor, director and certified Fight Master with a very specialized and extensive skill set with decades of on-set experience. As the Director of The Action Acting Academy, the President of The Australian Stage Combat Association, and the Vice President of The Art of Combat International, he is dedicated to the continued growth and evolution of the art of Stage Combat worldwide.

Date: Wed Aug 8, 2018
Time: 7pm, doors open 30 minutes prior
Venue: W3 Theatre
Ticket: $15 general admission ticket Ages: All ages appropriate
*This evening includes a presentation and demonstration. For a hands-on workshop, please see listing below.
*Limited seating, advance ticket reservations are recommended for this event. Reserved tickets may be collected at Will Call beginning 30 minutes prior to event, doors open for seating 30 minutes prior.


August 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Building W-3 (Theatre)
Workhouse Arts Center 9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079 United States
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