Aaron Preusse

Last updated

July 12, 2017
 

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Mid-America Regional Representative

Certified Teacher
Society of American Fight Directors

Biography

Aaron is the Founder and Grand High PooBah of the Fake Fighting Company, LLC. He is also the Mid America Regional Rep and a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. He has received honors of Advanced Gold with Recommendation from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat where he studied in multiple weapon styles. Aaron has passed the Society of American Fight Directors Theatrical Firearm Safety Course three times and received a Beginning Theatrical Combatant status in Broadsword from Dueling Arts International. In addition to his training in Tai Chi and other martial arts he is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Aaron has created fights for The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, The Minnesota Opera, the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company’s Theatre Arts Training Senior Intensive, Commonweal Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Red Bird Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Skylark Opera, Theatre 301, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Six Elements Theatre Company and Eat Street Players, as well as, the University of Minnesota, Concordia University of St. Paul, Macalester College, Gustavus Adolphus College, UW Marathon County, the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Visitation School/VISTA Productions, Apple Valley High School, Valley View Middle School, White Bear Lake Area High School, Central High School, Cretin-Derham Hall Theatre and the Main Street School of Performing Arts.

Aaron has also served as Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Double for the film Profile of a Killer. He was also a precision stunt driver for the movie Thin Ice. Other film credits include Mallrats, Memorial Day, Totally Sadie and Art.

Aaron has taught for the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, the University of Minnesota, Concordia University of St. Paul, North Hennepin Community College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Winona State University, Cretin-Derham Hall Theatre Department, The Guthrie Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Park Square Theatre, the Minnesota Thespian Festival, the Society of American Fight Directors Regional Workshops as well as other schools and institutions.

Aaron is a proud recipient of a 2008 City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, as well as a 2012 and 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artists Initiative Grant and the 2014 Metropolitan Arts Council’s Next Step Fund. In addition, Aaron has received the Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop’s Nobel Blade Award and the National Stage Combat Workshop’s Award for Outstanding Performance.

As an actor, Aaron has worked with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Park Square Theatre, Thirst Theater, Illusion Theater, the Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Berkeley Repertory, the Court Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, among many others. Aaron is also co-creator of An Evening of Experimental Repertory, an exploration in how the principles of Jazz can be used in creating new works of theatre. He is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Résumé

EXPERIENCE Resumes for Acting, Fight Direction and Teaching are available for download at bottom of the page

ACTING: Park Square Theatre Illusion Theater Theatre de la Jeune Lune Berkeley Repertory Theatre Court Theatre Idaho Shakespeare Festival Des Moines Symphony Thirst Theater Experimental Repertory Stockyards Theatre Project Vitalist Theatre Company Walkabout Theater Company Lucky Plush Productions Irish Repertory of Chicago Bailiwick Repertory & Deaf Bailiwick Artists Greasy Joan & Co Children’s Theatre Company.

FIGHT DIRECTION: The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pirates of Penzance; The Minnesota Opera, Carmen; The Guthrie Theater, Native Gardens, Refugia, The Bluest Eye, The Royal Family, The Parchman Hour, the 50th Anniversary Community Celebration; Park Square Theatre, Romeo and Juliet; Commonweal Theatre Company, The Three Musketeers; Theatre Pro Rata, Henry V, The Illusion; Skylark Opera Theatre, The Tragedy of Carmen; Theatre in the Round, The Three Musketeers; Theatre 301, Man of La Mancha; Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Leading Ladies; Six Elements Theatre Company, Human Combat Chess; Red Bird Theatre Company, Time to Burn, Buried Child; The Phipps Center for the Arts, Peter Pan; the University of Minnesota, Hamlet; Concordia University of St. Paul, Skyscrape: The Plebeian Scrolls, Shakespeare Under the Stars;  Macalester College, Urinetown, As You Like It; Gustavus Adolphus College, King Lear, More Light, Argonautika; UW Marathon County, Romeo and Juliet; the Saint Paul Conservatory for  Performing Artists, Man of La Mancha, Skriker, Welcome to Thebes, Lord of the Flies, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Ilyria; Visitation School/VISTA Productions, Romeo and Juliet; Apple Valley High School, Twelfth Night, The Hobbit; Valley View Middle School, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; White Bear Lake Area High School, Macbeth; Central High School, A View from the Bridge; Cretin-Derham Hall Theatre, Macbeth; and the Main Street School of Performing Arts, The Three Musketeers.   He has also served as Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Double for the film Profile of a Killer.  Aaron was also a precision stunt driver for the movie Thin Ice.

TEACHING: Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, the Children's Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, the University of Minnesota, Concordia University St. Paul, Society of American Fight Director's Regional Workshops, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Park Square Theatre, North Hennepin Community College, Winona State University, Minnesota Thespian Festival,  Minnesota State University Moorhead, The Blake School,  Highland Park High School, Circus Juventas, Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center

EDUCATION: Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre -The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art TRAINING: Theatre de Complicite; Theatre de la Jeune Lune; Jeffrey Bihr–Suzuki; Kari Margolis; Green Fools-Puppetry; Stage Comabt, The British Academy of Dramatic Combat, The Soceity of American Fight Directors, Dueling Arts International

AWARDS: Aaron is a proud recipient of a 2008 City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, as well as a 2012 and 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artists Initiative Grant and the 2014 Metropolitan Arts Council’s Next Step Fund. In addition, Aaron has received the Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop’s Nobel Blade Award and the National Stage Combat Workshop’s Award for Outstanding Performance.

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