Carson School Stage Combat

Carson School Stage Combat

The Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film is one of the most accomplished schools in stage combat in the country, with a Certified Teacher as part of their faculty, a history of hosting stage combat workshops, the David Boushey Library and Armory, and multiple alumni working in the field of theatrical and film violence and stunts.


Certified Teacher Ian Borden

  • An actor, director, scholar and Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the SAFD, Ian teaches theatre studies and performance for the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film - Lincoln. Recent acting credits include Unnecessary Farce at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, As You Like It for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival and The Three Musketeers for the Blackhills Playhouse. He has directed a myriad of shows, including Three Musketeers, Agravio! and Twelfth Night for the Carson School. Fight Direction credits extend from theatres in Canada all the way to the Bahamas and over to Ireland. Ian also founded the annual Lincoln Assassination Stage Combat Workshop. Ian has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a PhD in Theatre Studies from Florida State University, and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Maestro David Boushey

  • The Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film is honored to house the David Boushey Library and Armory. Maestro Boushey is the Founder of the Society of American Fight Directors, the United Stuntmens’ Association, and the International Stunt School. He holds over 400 theatre credits and has made over 60 films in a career that spans more than 40 years. Maestro Boushey has been a master teacher for more than 100 universities and colleges throughout North America and Europe. During his career, he has been a fight director, stunt coordinator, stuntman, actor, and instructor. Maestro Boushay gifted the Carson School with an abundance of books, fight choreography and memorabilia from his career.


Noted Alumnae and Professional Stunt Woman Jessie Graff

  • Graff, a 2007 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Performance, has spent the last ten years in Los Angeles working as a stunt woman. Her screen credits include: “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Bridesmaids,” and “Live Free or Die Hard.” A few of her television credits include: “NCIS,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “K.C. Undercover,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Leverage,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Castle,” “Modern Family,” “Criminal Minds,” and “Southland.” She recently has made a name for herself as a finalist on “American Ninja Warriors.”


Noted Alumnae and Professional Stunt Woman Jessica Merideth


Past Guest Stage Combat Instructors

  • David Boushey: Founder SAFD
  • Peter Abraham: Hollywood Steadicam operator
  • Aaron Anderson: Fight Director and former US Army explosive ordinance specialist with an MFA, a PHD and academic appointments in a Department of Theatre, a Department of Internal Medicine, and an Executive MBA Program
  • Jacki Armit: Certified Teacher
  • Jason Armit: Fight Director
  • Brian Byrnes: Fight Master
  • Dale Girard: Fight Master, author of the stage combat manual “Actors On Guard.”
  • Jessie Graff: Professional Stunt Woman
  • Charles Coyl: Fight Master
  • Robb Hunter: Fight Director
  • Michael Johnson: Certified Teacher
  • Geoffrey Kent: Fight Director
  • Michelle Ladd: Motion Capture Specialist, Stunt Coordinator
  • Robert Macdougall: Fight Director, Stunt Coordinator
  • Scot J. Mann: Fight Master
  • Nigel Poulton: Fight Director, Weapon and Movement Specialist
  • Richard Ryan: Fight Master
  • Jason Tipsword: Certified Teacher
  • Christina Traister: Fight Director
  • Danette Baker: Certified Teacher
  • Mike Speck: Certified Teacher, founder of the Carnage in the Corn Workshop


Carnage in the Corn Stage Combat Workshop

  • Carnage in the Corn is coming to Lincoln! For the first time ever one of the longest running stage combat workshops is making its home at the University of Nebraska. Come work with experts in the fields of stage combat and stunts. October 27 and 28, 2018.

Carnage in the Corn -
Stage Combat Training

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