2010 Carnage Staff
Sara Hodges - Head Intern, Webmistress, Actor Combatant, Resident BAMF
Sara Hodges hails from Harrisonburg, VA, where she graduated from James Madison University. She has been a member of the Society of American Fight Directors since 2006. Sara's choreography and fight direction have been seen in shows at JMU and in the Harrisonburg area, including The Rover; Almost, Maine; See What I Wanna See; Oklahoma! and Macbeth. Sara's movement background also includes dance training and martial arts. She holds a black belt in Japanese Goju-Ryu, and is currently studying Shito-Ryu, Goshindo and Jiujitsu. Sara is a veteran of combat workshops from Chicago to Virginia Beach to New York City, and has three national workshops under her belt, as well. This will be her second time at Carnage, and her first as head intern. She welcomes the challenge...with both guns.
Rachel Baron - Actor Combatant
Rachel Baron is a recent graduate of Niagara University with a BFA in Theatre Studies. She spent the second half of her college years focusing on stage combat and teaching her peers the noble art of beating the hell out of each other...safely. Rachel has 6 SAFD certifications under her belt, and favours Rapier and Dagger. She is a workshop newbie, but don't let that draw you into a false sense of security; she's totally up for meeting new people and absorbing all she can. Her most recent work was Fight Choreographer/Director of JMU's production of True West.
Collin Bressie - Advanced Actor Combatant
Collin Bressie is thrilled to be making his first journey out to Carnage. This is his second time interning at an SAFD regional workshop, and he plans on spending most of '11 traveling to many regional workshops. He is also excited to have recently applied for AAC status. Last summer he assisted Professor Anthony Carreiro at the CSU Summer Arts festival. Collin helped teach a two week stage combat intensive focusing primarily on Rapier and Dagger. The workshop was the first of it's kind at the CSU workshop and he is proud to have been a part of such a phenomenal program. He looks forward to meeting lots of new faces and greeting old friends with a warm hug and a quick jab to the gut.
Napoleon Douglas - Drake University Student
Napoleon Douglas is a first year student at Drake University. He is a double major in Musical Theatre (B.F.A) and Vocal Music Performance (B.A.). Napoleon is a member of the infamous Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps in Des Moines, part of the NAACP College Chapter, one of four mascots at Drake, and one of the funniest, most energetic, kind-hearted, and loving men you will ever meet in your life. He has performed in some shows, and has a broad performance background.
Christopher Elst - Advanced Actor Combatant
Christopher Elst is an actor, fight director and freelance web developer based in Milwaukee, WI. He has earned the rank of Advanced Actor Combatant with the SAFD, as well as received training in Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga and Tai Chi. He choreographs and instructs all different skill levels and ages across the greater Milwaukee area, and hopes to bring a stronger SAFD presence to the Dairy State. You can learn more about Christopher's current undertakings at http://www.christopherelst.com
Brent LeBlanc - Drake University Student
Brent LeBlanc is a first-year BFA Acting major at Drake University. He's a bit on the small side, but knows how to utilize it. Brent enjoys performing in Des Moines stage productions, tweed jackets, and getting into movies and events for the "Ages 12 and under" price.
Xiang Xiang Liew - Drake University Student
Xiang Xiang Liew is a Drake junior currently majoring in musical theatre, psychology, and writing. This will be her second time working at Carnage as a "Draketern." She will respond to XX, XXL, Double-X, X-Squared, X, Xiang Xiang, Xiang, and Hey You, so don't worry about getting her name right. If you try all of the above and for some reason she still fails to respond, please feel free to hit her over the head with the nearest blunt object.
David Schneider - Actor Combatant
David P Schneider has been training as an Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors since 2001 and has been choreographing violence for Minneapolis theatres for 2 years. He appeared as a sword fighter in MN Opera’s Romeo and Juliet, and has been acting around the twin cities since 2003. He holds a BA in Theatre from Southeast Missouri State University.
He also looks quite dashing in a suit. -Ed.