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Michael Polak is a Full Instructor, Associate Fight Director, certified by Dueling Arts International. Resume upon request.

Michael appeared in and Fight Directed The Illusion at North Coast Repertory.

Michael Polak

as farmers and cowmen

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Fight Director

As a Fight Director, I strive to create safe, fun, inventive, and dynamic moments of movement. We ground these moments in the characters’ relationships to violence and the domino effects of the actions that unfold. Through research, experience, and collaboration, I put the actors in a position to safely, effectively and creatively embrace the moments where words will not suffice.

scores bonus points

get into fisticuffs like never before.

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– Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

Watch Mike lead Midsummer Rehearsal at The New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Some favorites (in no particular order):

Romeo and Juliet

directed by Paul Barnes at University Las Vegas Nevada

A Streetcar Named Desire

directed by Kari Hayter at California State University, Fullerton

Hearts Like Fists

directed by Oanh Nguyen at California State University, Fullerton

As You Like It

directed by Eli Simon at New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Hamlet

directed by Beth Lopes at New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Newsies

directed by Richard J. Hinds at La Mirada Theatre

Two Gentlemen of Verona

directed by Mark Ramont at California State University, Fullerton

Heathers: The Musical

directed by Jim Taulli at California State University, Fullerton

Tis Pity She’s a Whore

directed by Kyle Cooper at California State University, Fullerton

Henry IV, Part I

directed by David Ellenstein at North Coast Repertory Theatre & Mira Costa College

scoring points for fight choreography

that melds seamlessly with dance.

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– Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

Michael Polak,

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