Siobhan Richardson

Siobhan Richardson is a certified Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada and Intimacy Director and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International. She is the preferred instructor for a number of educational institutions, theatre companies, actors, and directors. In 2009, she received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship Award from the Ontario Arts Council, which allowed her to travel to Washington (DC), England, and Sweden to study with some of the world's foremost Fight Directors: Brad Waller, Jonathan Howell, Tim Klotz and Peppe Östensson. At home in Toronto, Canada, she and her partner, Matt Richardson, run Burning Mountain, their compnay where they continually experiment and devise, dedicated to the growth and development of stage combat for both the art form and the artists. Her teaching career has taken her across Canada, the United States, and Europe, where she has taught both fight and intimacy disciplines to a variety of demographics. She has taught at international events such as the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop, Fight Directors Canada's National Workshops, and the Nordic Stage Fight Society's Summer Workshops. She has completed two separate teaching tours of Europe which included Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Germany and France. Siobhan's approach to teaching stage combat draws parallels to the actor’s process in order connect fight technique to the characters objectives, obstacles and tactics. From a physical perspective, her classes examine structure and biomechanics to prevent injury, while expanding physical vocabulary. Siobhan is the first person in Canada recognized as an Intimacy Director by Tonia Sina, founder of the Intimacy For The Stage method. Siobhan is quickly building an impressive resume in this field, including several directing and teaching credits across Canada, Europe, and the USA. Intimacy Directing credits include Hadrian (Canadian Opera Company), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper), Bunny (Tarragon), Really, Really (Theatre Erindale), Serenity Wild (Tender Container and the frank theatre company), Odd One Out (Human Wick Effect), Love and Human Remains (University Players, University of Windsor) Aunt Dan and Lemon (Shadowtime Productions), The Container (Theatre Fix), The Trial of Judith K (Thought For Food Productions), and assistant to Intimacy Choreographer Tonia Sina on The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival, directed by Jillian Keiley). Recent teaching credits include workshops across Canada, Europe and the United States, including numerous post-secondary theatre programs across Ontario. An accomplished speaker, Siobhan has lectured at numerous occasions. Siobhan is also an actor/fighter/singer/dancer. Check out her new performance company, Crux Encounter Productions, which is a resident company of actors with extensive fight training, specializing in stories of conflict and violence told through text, movement, and of course, stage combat. In all her work, Siobhan is dedicated to the growth and development of the art form and for the artists in order to support a vibrant and healthy artistic community.