Actors on Guard is the most comprehensive and detailed book on the art of theatrical swordplay available today. It provides the reader with the historical, theoretical and practical basis for learning, practicing and presenting theatrical sword fights. Focusing specifically on the Elizabethan rapier and dagger (the most popular weapons used in stage fights), Actors on Guard provides actors, directors, teachers, stage managers and technicians the skills and knowledge essential to presenting safe and effective fights, both for stage and screen.
Dale Anthony Girard is an award winning Fight Director with over 12 years' experience in the field. He is a senior member of the Society for American Fight Directors (SAFD), and one of only ten Fight Masters recognized by the SAFD in the United States. Mr. Girard spent five years on the faculty at the National Theatre Conservatory and is presently resident Fight Director for Yale's prestigious School of Drama and School of Music's Opera Program.