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Roberta Brown

Roberta Brown
Born Roberta Ellen Brown
(1965-04-02) April 2, 1965 (age 49)
Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Brandeis University
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Swordmaster
Website

Roberta Brown is an American swordmaster, actress, magician, and writer.[1][2] She is known for her work on Queen of Swords where she worked as a sword coach and onscreen as a sword double for female characters played by Tessie Santiago, Bo Derek, and Paulina Galvez.

Brown has also choreographed numerous fights and swordfights for other television series, theatre, and motion pictures. She has trained, coached, and occasionally fenced onscreen Billy Campbell, Tessie Santiago, Peter Wingfield, Valentine Pelka, Anthony Lemke, Patricia Arquette, Lucy Liu, Elizabeth Gracen, Andrew Helm, Bob Golec, Patrick Fabian, Noah Wyle, Goran Visnjic, Mary Reinhardt, and Alex Kingston.

Career

Brown took up fencing at college and continued her studies as an actress and stage combatant in London at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she received a Master of Fine Arts equivalency.[1][3] She became one of only an extremely limited number of female swordmasters who worked in theatre, film and television. She acted as fencing double for Lucy Liu in the film Charlie's Angels,[4][5] choreographed a scene in a TV episode of ER[6] between Noah Wyle and Goran Visnjic. She also worked on the syndicated TV series Queen of Swords and as fight director on the TV film Boudica with Alex Kingston.[4][7]

She was a theatre student at Brandeis University where she was introduced to fencing, and has been acclaimed as an outstanding alumna.[8] She has practiced her craft for over ten years.[6]

She was brought onto the TV series Queen of Swords[1][3][4] by the initial swordmaster and stunt co-ordinator Anthony De Longis to train Tessie Santiago's stunt double Natalia Guijarro.[9] She also doubled Bo Derek in master shots and Paulina Gálvez wagon scene in the episode "The Witness".[10] She has been a stunt double in Masterpiece Theater[1][3]

In Queen of Swords, Brown worked onscreen as sword double for female characters played by Tessie Santiago, Bo Derek, and Paulina Gálvez. In addition she worked as sword coach in that series. Brown has, also, choreographed numerous fights and swordfights for other television series, theatre, and motion pictures. Among the actors she has trained, coached, and occasionally fenced onscreen are Billy Campbell, Tessie Santiago, Peter Wingfield, Andrew Helm, Valentine Pelka, Anthony Lemke, Patricia Arquette, Lucy Liu, Elizabeth Gracen, Bob Golec, Patrick Fabian, Noah Wyle, Goran Visnjic, Mary Reinhardt, and Alex Kingston. Though never having trained him, she has fenced actor and swordmaster Anthony De Longis onscreen.[1][3]

She has taught swordplay and theatrical combat in many locales. These include: Howard Fine Acting Studio and The Lee Strasburg Institute in Hollywood; Juan Angel Theatre, Teatro Libre, and Teatro Lope de Vega in Bogotá; Graz Kendo Club in Austria; Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London; Acting Action at the Inosanto Academy, College of the Canyons, University of Southern California, and West Los Angeles College.[1][11] She is a recognized expert in many forms of martial arts, including short swords and whip work.[11] At the Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club, Brown is Director of Theatrical Combat.[12]

The Los Angeles Times wrote: “She’s dead serious about the importance of proper training and safety procedures.”[13] Variety wrote that “Roberta Brown’s fight choreography heightens the brutal confrontations.” Backstage West calls her oeuvre “disturbing and convincing.”[6][14][15] The Fight Master opined: "It is her solid experience, talent, and smarts that allow her to thrive in an otherwise male-dominated field."[4]

In any event, she notes that there is a real difference between theatrical and screen fencing from the sport of fencing.[16][17]

Published works

Credits

Multimedia

  • Women of Action Network (Action Consultant)[12]
  • Mary Read (Swordmaster)

Film and Television

Fight Direction/Stunts

  • Lapse (2009/I) (fight director)
  • A Gothic Romance (2004) (fight director)
  • Boudica / Warrior Queen (2003) Masterpiece Theater (stunt double: Alex Kingston)*Boudica (2003) (fight director) (sword master)[3][4][7]
  • Holes (2003) (bullwhip trainer)
  • The Bacchae (2002) (whip choreographer)
  • Charlie's Angels (2000) (fencing choreographer)
  • Charlie's Angels (2000) (fencing double: Lucy Liu) (uncredited)
  • The District (2000) TV series (knife sword double/stunts)[3]
  • Queen of Swords (2000) TV series (stunt double: Bo Derek / Paulina Galvez / Tessie Santiago) (stunts: swords)[3]
  • The X Show (1999) TV series (fencing consultant) (unknown episodes)
  • A Walk in the Park (1999) (fight director)
  • Prince Valiant (1997) (swordplay coach)
  • Fist of the North(1995) (stunts) (uncredited)
  • Dragon Fury (1995) (stunts)
  • ER (1994) TV series (sword master) (unknown episodes)
  • Treasure Island: The Adventure Begins (1994) (TV) (dialect coach)[18]

Actress

  • A Gothic Romance (2004) .... Maria
  • The Hunted .... Raquel
  • Deadlock (1997) .... Magil
  • Dragon Fury (1995) .... Warrior
  • Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story (1994) (TV) (uncredited) .... Medic[18]

As Herself

  • The Story of the Costume Drama .... Herself, Episode: "A Call to Arms" (2008)
  • The X Show .... Herself, Episode: "18 October 1999" (1999)
  • Home & Family .... Herself, Episode: "14 November 1996" (1996)[18]

Theater Swordmaster

  • "Oman ... O Man!"..............Kennedy Center, Washington DC
  • "Hamlet".......................European Shakespeare Days, Austria
  • "Twelfth Night"................Globe Theater (Los Angeles)
  • "Romeo and Juliet".............European Shakespeare Days, Austria Days
  • "Names"........................Lee Strasberg Theatre
  • "The Ugly Play"................Santa Monica Playhouse
  • "Hamlet".......................Playhouse West
  • "Ravish".......................New Dance Theatre
  • "15-Minute Hamlet".............Shakespeare and Friends
  • "Maria Morevna"................Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble
  • "Fortinbras"...................Howard Fine Theater[13]
  • "Romeo and Juliet".............Shakespeare and Friends
  • "Twelfth Night"................Gascon Center Theatre
  • "Hasta La Muerte"..............Gascon Center Theatre
  • "Improvimagic".................Hollywood's Magic Castle
  • "Horatio Hornblower"...........Long Beach Pier
  • "Richard the Lionheart"........Vienna's English Theatre, Austria
  • "Briar Patch"..................Ventura Court Theater
  • "The Erpingham Camp"...........The Drayton Arms, London[18]

See also

Fencing portal

References

External links

  • Roberta Brown Official Website
  • Internet Movie Database
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