Jared Kirby first became involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen in 1995. Beginning his studies of historical fencing in Minneapolis, MN, Mr. Kirby moved to Scotland to study with Maestro Paul Macdonald and in 1999 moved to New York to study at the Martinez Academy of Arms. In December of 2003 he earned his first instructor ranks, became Provost of Arms in November 2013 and Master of Arms in November 2016.
Mr. Kirby has traveled extensively to assist the Maestros at seminars and workshops. He teaches in the tri-state area and is currently the fencing instructor at SUNY Purchase and Sarah Lawrence College in NY. He teaches a variety of workshops across the US and around the world including Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, Finland and Italy. He has taught at the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop, CombatCon in Las Vegas, the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention (ISMAC), Redwoods Rapier Camp and the Western Washington WMA Workshop just to name a few.
Mr. Kirby also teaches Combat for Stage and Screen class in New York City and is a Fight Director who has worked Off-Broadway, Regionally, in London and Australia. He is the editor and one of the translators of “Italian Rapier Combat”, the first complete, professional translation of Capo Ferro. He wrote the introduction for, and edited “The School of Fencing”, one of the most popular fencing treatises of the eighteenth century, authored by Domenico Angelo and annotated by Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez. Most recently Mr. Kirby edited “The Gentleman’s Guide to Duelling: Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels” which is an updated version of Vincentio Saviolo’s original work featuring the most comprehensive biography of Saviolo ever published.
You can learn more about Jared’s path to becoming a Fight Director and Fencing Instructor from this terrific interview done by Tony Vang:
For more about Jared’s approach to Stage/Screen Combat, check out this great 7 page article from the December 2014 issue of New Jersey Stage magazine:
If you want to learn more about Jared’s approach to the violence in Shakespeare you can watch an interview from This Week in Shakespeare: