With over 15 years of Stage Combat experience, including Off-Broadway Choreography, Preston seeks to bring safety and quality to the stage. Whether through teaching, training, choreography, or consultation, he can bring a level of confidence to actors in their work on stage. Preston is currently a Certified Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and has been certified for over 12 years. Preston has also trained in Stage Combat Choreography with Broadway and Hollywood Choreographers. He continues to train with SAFD Fight Masters, Directors and Teachers on a regular basis. He has been an independent stage combat teacher and choreographer for over 10 years and continues to do work in the Lancaster, PA area, teaching Stage Combat classes and workshops and choreographing local theatre productions.
Currently Preston teaches Introduction to Stage Combat at Lancaster Bible College as an Adjunct Faculty. He is not presently offering any private classes. If you wish to take private or partner lessons or if you are part of a theatre or drama program and wish to partner with Preston to offer classes, please use the contact form below.
Preston can offer a workshop in any of the basic weapons (and even some specialty weapons!) as a one or two day session. A workshop session typically runs 3-6 hours, allowing for an introduction to a particular fighting style through the use of drills, exercises, and a choreographed short scene.
Stage Combat choreography in the context of a play or musical is the ultimate goal- to create a safe environment in which actors can portray various types of violence to further the story. If you have to ask the question, "do we need a fight choreographer?" then the answer is already yes. Too often actors are asked to do things on stage without proper training or choreography and this is not a safe environment. Even if you have questions or think a quick 1-hour rehearsal on falls or slaps would be helpful, use the contact form below!
Preston is making his EPAC Directorial debut as he Co-Directs Newsies at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Jack “Cowboy” Kelly is living the typical newsboy life and carrying the banner. But the life of a seventeen-year-old newspaper hawker in 1899 New York couldn’t be much harder. He dreams of leaving the crowded city streets behind for the freedom of Santa Fe, and he’s saving every penny for that someday. But when Pulitzer raises his newspaper distribution prices, that dream suddenly vanishes. Jack and his new friend David Jacobs rally the newsboys to go on strike against the greedy corporations and seek fair treatment for child laborers. Based on the historic events of the actual newsboys’ strike of 1899, this story is full of historicity and heart. If you’re willing to be there with the newsboys in their high times and hard times, you’ll join them in feeling like a king (or queen) of New York!
Preston is up to date and compliant with all clearances required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to work with minors, including the PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse Clearance, the PA State Police Criminal Record, and the FBI Criminal Background Check. He is also certified in Mental Health First Aid. Documentation available at time of hire. Although Preston has extensive teaching and choreography experience and has been trained as an Advanced Actor Combatant with the SAFD, he is not an SAFD certified Fight Teacher and cannot offer SAFD certification courses.