J. David Brimmer

Stage Combat

David has collaborated with some great folx, on some fantastic projects, at various and sundry wonderful venues on and off Broadway, around the country, and across the world.

We are Seekers of the Truth- our job, then, is to examine and portray the truth of the violence, not the reality of it.

David Brimmer, Violence Specialist (Fight Master, SAFD) has choreographed, performed, taught, and collaborated in numerous performance venues worldwide.

Broadway credits include: Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Grace, An Enemy of the People, Hands on a Hardbody, The Big Knife, Wit, Born Yesterday, A Life in the Theatre, Speed the Plow, and Come Back, Little Sheba.

NY premieres include Punk Rock; An Octoroon; Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play; Blasted; The Whipping Man; Bethany; Harper Regan; Hit the Wall; Reasons to be Happy; Apt 3C; Ages of the Moon; Medieval Play; The American Pilot; Blackbird; Bug; Killer Joe; as well as The Red Bull Theatre’s productions of The Revenger’s Tragedy and The Duchess of Malfi, the Druid Theatre Company’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, and served as Violence Consultant for the Donmar Warehouse’s productions of the all-female Julius Caesar at St. Ann’s Warehouse, as well as The Night Alive at the Atlantic Theater.

He has also worked at the NY Public TheaterMetropolitan OperaManhattan Theatre ClubLincoln Center, TFANA, TBTB, Signature TheatreMCCThe Geffen PlayhouseNorth Shore Music TheatreARTYale RepDallas Theater CenterHartford StageBaltimore Center Stage, and The Guthrie. J. David taught at NYU Tisch School of The Arts, RADA (Guest Instructor), Strasberg Institute, Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, and Yale University.

His has also collaborated with some great folks including:

Writers – David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Ethan Coen, Neil LaBute, David Adjmi, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Simon Stephens, Jez Butterworth, Kenneth Lonergan, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonough, Tracy Letts

Directors – Joe Chaikin, JoAnne Akalaitis, Darko Tresnjak, Ethan McSweeney, Sarah Benson, Robert Moss, Wilson Milam, Joe Mantello, Neil Pepe, Michael Mayer, Kathleen Turner, Lynne Meadow, Garry Hines, Ken Russell, Franco Zeffirelli

Performers – America Ferrera, Cynthia Nixon, William H. Macy, Andre Braugher, Laura Linney, Raul Esparza, Elizabeth Moss, F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, Kathleen Chalfant, Stephen Rea, Ciaran Hinds, Ed Asner, Kate Mulgrew, Reed Birney, Michael Shannon, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Johnston, Lily Rabe, Zoe Kazan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nina Arianda, Jim Belushi, Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, Kerry Condon, Alison Pill, Zosia Mamet, Kate Burton, Jeff Daniels, Paul Rudd, and Sir Patrick Stewart.

Hear From Our Students

I had no idea what “stage combat” meant until I took David’s class. Now I can fake-whoop my fellow actor’s butt in style.
In all seriousness, this class taught me not only about the technical aspects of what goes into performing stage combat, but also the mindset needed to incorporate this into our acting. It’s more than practicing the steps, it’s about learning when to put that “monkey brain” on pause. David and his assistants work with us individually to make sure we know what we’re doing. I’m telling you, the results are so rewarding. You need this class.
– Mona B.
Third Year Student

The depth of knowledge and wisdom that David has is endless. His experience in the field of stage combat is in his bones and it is clear when he is teaching that not only does he love it himself, but he loves spreading the knowledge he has accrued over such a long career.  He simplifies it so well and creates a growth-oriented class.

– Christopher C.

Alumnus