Christopher Elst is a Milwaukee-based fight director and violence and intimacy designer. He has instructed stage combat for over twenty years and since 2005, has received training from world-renowned instructors, including DAI founder Gregory Hoffman, and Master Instructor DC Wright. Christopher has over 50 fight direction credits in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, and continues to be the area’s leading consultant for staged violence and intimacy.
Christopher considers stage combat a modern martial art, combining deadly technique with aesthetic beauty. He embraces a philosophy of theatrical violence he sums up in three words: “Safety, then story.” Once actors feel truly safe in their technique, they free themselves to create exciting and compelling work.