Tooth and Claw Combat Arts

Co-founded by award-winning artists Matthew Wilson and Casey Kaleba, Tooth and Claw is based in Washington, DC and works worldwide, Tooth and Claw offers high quality stage combat training and choreography for professional theatres big and small, academic productions far and wide, and educational programs from elementary through Elderhostel. 

Casey Kaleba founded and runs Tooth and Claw. He has coordinated violence for opera, television, music videos, and more than 400 productions with professional, community, and academic theatres. That work includes arranging fights at the Guthrie Theatre, Spoleto Festival, Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Avant Bard, Forum Theatre, Hub Theatre, Washington National Opera, Source Festival, Olney Theatre Center, and Constellation Theatre. A company member with Rorschach Theatre, Casey has staged fights for knights, musketeers, princesses, zombies, wolves, pirates, ninjas, and at least one alien tentacle. Casey has trained with movement artists from across the globe, including Fight Directors Canada, the Society of Australian Fight Directors, British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, Dueling Arts International, Dell'Arte, Combat Circus, Rapier Wit, and the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Recently he has served as the audition choreographer for Marvel Universe Live. He holds an MA in Theatre History from the University of Maryland.

As a stage director Casey has worked on productions of Wilde, Kane, Shakespeare, Nguyen, and Middleton.  He was host and creative contributer to the two time Emmy Award-winning Experiencing Shakespeare through the Folger Library and Alabama Public Radio, and he helped carry the Irish flag in the 1994 World Cup opening ceremonies.

A Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, Casey has taught theatrical combat workshops and courses for a wide range of programs. He has taught at the University of Maryland, Catholic University, University of Mary Washington, Old Dominion University, Chesapeake College, Davidson College, James Madison University, Montgomery College, University of South Carolina, the Virginia Governor's School, and Virginia Theatre Association, as well as scores of high schools, festivals, professional development workshops, libraries, and camps. He has served as a teaching artist for the Shakespeare Theatre, Round House Theatre, English Speaking Union, and Folger Library. Casey has been a guest instructor for Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stagefight Society, and an instructor at the Paddy Crean Workshop - the largest international stage combat workshop.

Casey is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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