Welcome to the Crew – Scott Witt as Fight Choreographer
Scott was kind enough to help us out filming the trailer a few months back in an acting capacity. During the day filming, Sam mentioned that there was quite a few fights within the play, and Scott has come on board as our Fight Choreographer.
Scott Witt Biography:
Scott has been working in stage, television and film for over twenty-five years in that time he has been acting, adapting, writing, fight directing, directing and or clowning for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street, Opera Australia, Merrigong Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, Zen Zen Zo, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, NORPA, square the circle, Bare Boards Productions, Bell Shakespeare, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Kooemba Jdarra, Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe, someone, JUTE, Tropicsun and many independent features and short films. Performances Scott has directed have played throughout Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. During 2002 and 2003 he was the Intern and Associate Director for the Queensland Theatre Company. In 2004 Scott completed a Master in Fine Arts at Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology.
As an Instructor of Acting, Clowning, Improvisation, Mask, Commedia, Stage Combat and Fight Direction Scott has taught nationally and internationally. Nationally – NIDA 2010 & 2011, Actors Centre Australia 2010 & 2011, Queensland University of Technology: Creative Industries – Resident teacher 1998 – 2009, University of Southern Queensland – Resident teacher 1999 – 2001, James Cook University – Resident teacher 1998 – 2001, Actors Conservatory – Resident teacher 1997 – 2000, Opera Queensland – Resident teacher since 2002. Internationally – Canada: Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop – Resident Artist 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 & 2010. Australia: Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop – Resident Artist 2004. Scotland: Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop – Resident Artist 1999. As a result of an Arts Queensland Grant in 2000, Scott was a guest teacher in – Wales: Welsh College of Music and Drama. England – Mountview Theatre School, East 15 Acting School, Guilford Acting School, Bristol Old Vic, Rose Bruford, Isle of Wight School of Acting, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. USA: American Academy of Classical Acting.
He has also been a recipient of two Arts Queensland Grants for the further development of Stage Combat and Fight Direction. In 2005 Scott received another Arts Queensland Grant to stage his one man clowning show – Handyman. Scott received a Matilda Award for his Direction of Road to the She-Devil’s Salon at Queensland Theatre Company and Long Term Role as a Fight Director in 2003. His critically acclaimed adaptation and direction of Scapin (a co-production between Queensland Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australian) received a Mo Nomination in 2004 for Best Theatre Production of the Year. For his work in 2005 Scott received two Matlida Awards for Best Director (A Christmas Carol for Queensland Theatre Company) and Contribution to Queensland Theatre.
Positions: Scott is the current Artistic Director for the International Order of the Sword and the Pen, he was the President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Incorporated from 1996 – 2007, a Honorary Member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, Honorary Fight Director of Fight Directors, Canada, Affiliated Member of the Art of Combat and a Honorary Fight Director of the Independent Fight Directors Guild of America. He is also the current Associate Lecturer in Movement at NIDA.