Matthew R. Wilson


Fight Director

“the fights are excellent”

–The Washington Post

“the best fight choreography I have yet seen on stage”
–DC Theatre Scene


“Fight Choreographer Matthew R. Wilson took stage violence to the next level…”
–DC Metro Theatre Arts



A Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Matt has killed people on stage with swords, knives, pikes, guns, ropes, clubs, bathtubs, and shovels.  He has also died many times himself.

He was recently honored with a Helen Hayes Award nomination for “Outstanding Choreography” (with co-choreographer Casey Kaleba) for the violence, firearms, and gore on Constellation Theatre Company’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Matt has also written a book chapter on Stage Combat in the 2nd revised and expanded edition of Movement for Actors (Allworth, 2017) and published multiple articles in the SAFD journal The Fight Master.

His numerous fight direction credits include Off-Broadway productions of A Touch of the Poet (starring Daniel J. Travanti) and The Bilbao Effect as well as productions for Folger Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Constellation Theatre, and many others.  He has enjoyed choreographing such iconic “fight plays” as The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Romeo & Juliet, Women Beware Women, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Fifth Musketeer, and Life is a Dream.

Matt has served as an instructor for the International Order of the Sword and Pen at the Paddy Crean workshop in Banff, Canada, and he has taught and assisted at SAFD conferences throughout the US.  He also teaches classes in armed and unarmed stage combat at universities, schools, and festivals.




Photo by Daniel Corey.