AoC Affiliate Members
Mark P. Donnelly (S.S.S./ E.A.A./ B.F.H.S./ S.W.A.S.H.) has been
studying armed combat in various incarnations for roughly 27 years.
After years of research and training in the disparate disciplines of
western martial arts, sport fencing, stage combat, tournament
fighting and eastern martial disciplines, he moved from the US to
England in 1996 to undertake a PhD in Medieval Archaeology through
York and Oxford Universities.
He began teaching full-time in 1998 when he founded the Society for the Study of Swordsmanship (S.S.S.) which has expanded over the last 10 years to cover 7 different schools throughout the north of England accounting for 100-150 students. These schools can be found in Sheffield, Leeds, York, Durham, Whitby, Hartlepool, and Newcastle. It was due to his work with the S.S.S. and the B.F.H.S. that he was awarded the title of Professor of Arms.
He also created the Edenhill Academy of Arms in 2002 as a specialised research body dedicated to uncovering and translating hitherto forgotten and/or lost combat treatises and military manuals. With Edenhill Academy (enjoying both a Bishop and a Royal Prince as patrons), he has worked with HM Royal Monuments, English Heritage, the National Trust, National Maritime museum at Greenwich, Sandhurst Military Academy, as well as the HMS Trincomalee, HMS Victory, The Cutty Sark and the Grand Turk.
Prof. Donnelly is also the auteur of both the Tontine and of S.W.A.S.H.-UK (Symposium on the Western Arts of Swordsmanship through History) which he has organised and hosted on behalf of the BFHS at the Royal Armouries in Leeds for the last several years. S.W.A.S.H. rapidly became not only the biggest and most respected historical western martial art event in Great Britain, but one of the biggest and most prestigious events in Europe.
Prof. Donnelly has been instructing full time (daily) within Britain for over ten years and in that time has been honoured to be invited to instruct at major national and international events such as: F.I.S.A.S. in Verbania, Italy; H.E.M.A.C. at Dijon in France; A.E.E.M.A. in Madrid; A.R.G.O. in Prague; B.F.H.S. AGMs and Instructor Training; and, of course, S.W.A.S.H. as well as many others.
He is a life-time research associate with Her Majesties Royal Armouries in Leeds England as well as with The Tower of London and with the National Maritime museum, at Greenwich.
Professionally, Mr. Donnelly writes and produces historical documentaries for: Discovery Channel Networks; History Channel International; National Geographic; PBS; BBC; and several other international affiliates.
He is also the author and/or co-author of over a dozen books currently in print (most of which focus on historical subjects).
In October of 2008 Prof. Donnelly returned to the US for both personal and professional reasons. He currently resides in Pennsylvania and is looking forward to meeting the New World contingent of instructors and students as he fears he may be in danger of going into teaching withdrawal.
Morgan Shea- Morgan Shea served as resident fight choreographer for Theater of the Seventh Sister in Lancaster PA from 2002-2007, is Co-Producing Director of 2-Shea Productions, and also the Assistant Producer at Rainbow Dinner Theatre in Paradise, PA (America's only all comedy dinner theatre). He is a teacher of classical fencing and has worked for such venues as Valley Forge National Historical Park and Wyomissing Institute of the Arts. Morgan teaches stage combat and fight directs for theaters all over central Pennsylvania, concentrating heavily on "Basic Stage Combat for Young Actors" and "The Organics of Stage Combat." He is also the founder of the Independent Fight Directors Guild.
Brad Waller- Brad has been a teacher and fight director with The Shakespeare Theater (Washington DC). He has produced the International Paddy Crean Workshop with such cultural institutions as: The Shakespeare Theater, The Smithsonian Institution, The Folger Library, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival (Canada), and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He is a certified teacher of stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors, and Honorary Member of Fight Directors Canada. Brad is an internationally recognized scholar in 16th Century fighting systems. In 1995, he was guest curator of "The Sword and the Pen," an exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library exploring the relationship between combat and drama. He hopes to eventually raise the money to mount an expanded version of the show at the Globe Theater in London. Brad is the Founder, and serves on the Board of Directors, of the International Order of the Sword and Pen. He enjoys gardening with his two kids, Lillian and Alan.
Tony Wolf has worked as a martial arts instructor, professional wrestler
and fight director/stunt co-ordinator. Between 1988 - 1994 he developed
his original Wolf System of performance/combat exercises, which has been
taught to actors, martial artists, stunt performers and stage combat
specialists throughout the world.
Scott has been working in
stage, television and film for over twenty-five years in that time he
has been acting, fight directing, directing and or clowning for Sydney
Theatre Company, Company B, Opera Australia, Merrigong Theatre Company,
La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre
AoC Affiliate Organizations
The Historical Maritime Combat Association- www.historicalmaritimecombat.com
The Sydney Stage Combat School- www.sydneystagecombat.com
Babes with Blades- www.babeswithblades.org
R. C. Annie, Ltd.- www.rc-annie.com
The Independent Fight Director's Guild- www.theifdg.com
Lennox Academy- www.lennoxacademy.net