With almost 20 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!
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Ephrata Performing Arts Center
Preston is the Physical Theater and Stage Combat Choreographer for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.
We all see the world differently, but Christopher John Francis Boone has a very unique perspective. Living on the autism spectrum, life can be tough at times, but being a mathematical genius certainly helps. After finding his neighbor’s dog stabbed with a garden fork and being wrongfully accused, Christopher takes it upon himself to solve this dark mystery. But when he uncovers more truths than he bargained for, his investigation will take him farther from home than he’s ever been alone. Will he have what it takes to survive the adventure? Like many journeys we may take in life, no matter how far we travel, we find our way back home.
The Fulton Theatre
Preston is joining the Production Team at the Fulton Theatre for the first time as Fight Choreographer for Kinky Boots.
Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price as he reluctantly inherits his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discover that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
Ma-Yi Theater Company
Preston is returning to Off-Broadway with the Ma-Yi Theater Company as the Fight Choreographer of Suicide Forest.
In 1990’s Japan, a teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a male-defined society as a salaryman desperately tries to escape his masochistic psyche. Both are clawing for their self-worth. When their journeys collide, they expose their darkest desires fueled by shame as they now confront life and death with the notorious Suicide Forest looming over their imagination. Performed by a Japanese heritage cast, Suicide Forest breaks through the silence and submissiveness often associated with Japanese and Asian American identity, examining the role of community and the struggles of emotional, psychic and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories.
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.