MEET OUR TEAM
Janet Lawson is the President of the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, a BASSC Certified Teacher and a fight director. She is the stage combat teacher at Acting Coach Scotland.
She provides professional-level stage combat training, including industry-recognised courses leading to certification by the BASSC, and runs workshops at drama schools, colleges, schools, youth and community groups throughout Scotland. She teaches regularly at the BASSC’s British National Stage Combat Workshop and on the BASSC triennial Teacher Training Programme. She has also taught in the USA, Germany, Tenerife and China. In August 2016, she was on the teaching faculty of the World Stage Combat Conference held in Toronto, Canada and was made an honorary Fight Director with Fight Directors Canada. She was an Instructor at The Paddy Crean International Workshop 2018 in Banff, Canada.
Recent fight directing work includes: Medea and Exodus for the National Theatre of Scotland, Bold Girls for Cumbernauld Theatre and Bitch Boxer for Acting Coach Scotland. In 2020 she choreographed and directed fights for Othello, Coriolanus, King Lear, Macbeth and Cymbeline for The Show Must Go Online - all of Shakespeare’s plays performed in chronological order on Zoom and streamed live on YouTube. Other work includes: Fight Club, The Immersive Experience, an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the film for the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival, Kes for Horsecross Arts at Perth Theatre, Macbeth for Duns Players, Cabaret for Edinburgh College, As You Like It for Albyn School, The Red Lion for Rapture Theatre, The Yellow on the Broom and Passing Places for Dundee Rep, How to Act for the National Theatre of Scotland, Spring Awakening and The Wonderful World of Dissocia for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Hamlet for Folksy Theatre, Stain for Tartan Spartan, Rigoletto and Jenufa for Scottish Opera, Ipheginie in Tauris for Byre Opera, Oklahoma! for Duns and District Operatic Society, Blondel for Shanghai American School, the short film Haevn or Hele and the music video for the song Wake Up by Glasgow band 100 Fables.
She was a member of the stunt team for Season 6 of the TV series Vikings and played Mrs Hinzmann in the Scottish Christmas zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse.
Robert Myles is an actor, writer and director. Rob is an action designer who has created a wide range of fights across genres and eras for both stage and screen, and has worked at Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Opera House as a stage combatant. He is a teacher-in-training with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, with Distinctions in all nine weapons. As an actor and director, Rob has specialised in Shakespeare. He has played over 30 Shakespearean roles in off-west-end and regional touring productions, and has directed the 36 First Folio plays of Shakespeare, one a week every week for nine months, with The Show Must Go Online, a multi-award-winning pandemic digital theatre project that brought together over 500 actors and creatives from 60 countries. His book, co-written with Dr. Valerie Clayman Pye, Innovation & Digital Theatremaking, is forthcoming with Routledge.
He is the creator of The Shakespeare Deck, a powerful, portable text-work tool for actors and creatives, and host of the Owning Shakespeare Podcast, with guests including Adjoa Andoh and Paterson Joseph.
He has spoken at Harvard University, taught Shakespeare at East 15, given seminars at NYU London and UWS, done Q+As with King's College London, University of Texas and many more. Beyond Shakespeare, He has directed several short films, short documentaries, and action for camera. He has worked as a freelance creative lead on innovation projects for multinationals including Unilever, Diageo, and Johnson & Johnson. He is now exploring the role creative technologies can play in the future of live storytelling with The Stratford Festival, Theatre Royal Bath and others.