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J. Allen Suddeth

Lecturer in Acting

J. Allen Suddeth, a legendary fight choreographer and stage combat coach, has worked professionally for more than 35 years on and Off Broadway, and in regional and LORT theatres. For television, he has staged action sequences for more than 750 programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, and HBO. He is ranked as one of 16 recognized Fight Masters in the U.S. by the Society of American Fight Directors, and is a fellow and life member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.

A master teacher, Suddeth has been on faculty of the Juilliard School, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, the Lee Strasberg Institute, and the Stella Adler Conservatory, and is a frequent guest artist at major universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has also taught at the National Stage Combat Workshop for 14 years and is the founder of the National Fight Directors Training Program and the Advanced Actor Combatant Workshop. He has trained more than 10,000 students and tested many thousands more. 

Suddeth is the author of the definitive Fight Directing for the Theatre (Heinemann Press: 1996, 2nd ed.) and producer of The Complete Unarmed Stage Combat DVD Library



Representative Courses

Unarmed Combat - Freshmen BFA actors

Armed Combat - Junior BFA actors

Stage Combat for Stage Managers


Fight Directing For The Theatre - Heinemann Press

Articles: The Fight Master Magazine, SETC magazine

Presentations / Conferences

Keynote Speaker - SETC Conference 2017