University at Albany

Joseph Travers, Class of ‘82

Joe has been a professional Fight Director, Stunt Coordinator and Stage Combat Teacher for over 25 years. He has created fights, stunts and action sequences for stage and screen, working with performers such as Mary Louise Parker, Peter Strauss, Mia Farrow, Julia Stiles, Michael Rispoli, S. Epatha Merkison, Robert Cuccioli and John Cullum, and directors such as Anne Bogart, Sheryl Kaller, Kristin Linklater, Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman and James Lapine.

Recent stage work includes the Broadway production of Bronx Bombers at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre, the Off-Broadway world premier of Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live, and the critically acclaimed Off- Broadway revival of Joe Pintauro’s Snow Orchid. He also staged fights for the world premiers of Adam Rapp’s Essential Self – Defense, Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and the James Rana adaptation of Zorro! His work has been seen at Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, Harbor Stage Company, American Globe Theatre, the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival and on tour with the National Shakespeare Company.

He also served as fight director for the U.S. premier of Ethel Smyth’s 1906 opera The Wreckers at Bard SummerScape 2015.

On film, he has served as stunt coordinator for The Depths, Tower of Silence, A-Alike and Lifted.

Joe holds the rank of Certified Fight Director and Certified Teacher with both the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada. He is a regular contributor to the SAFD journal The Fight Master through his column, Fight Matters. He teaches stage combat to MFA acting candidates at Columbia University and he is the head of the stage combat program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Since 1995 he has been the managing director of Swordplay, a NYC based company that provides instruction in safe and effective stage combat techniques to professional actors.