JJ Gatesman is a fight director based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has choreographed fights in Las Vegas (Insurgo Theater Ensemble), Winona (Great River Shakespeare Festival), Denver (No End Productions), The Madison Opera (Romeo and Juliet), and various other companies in the Midwest. He is a certified instructor with Dueling Arts International where he was trained by DC Wright and Gregory Hoffman. He holds an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University and a BA in theater performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied extensively in the movement based Expressive Actor training developed by Michael Lugering. His goal when working on any level of production is to find the balance of realism and safety by incorporating fluid momentum, planned “accidents”, and expressive action.