(L-R) Manoel Felciano as Sir Guy of Gisbourne & Daniel Reece as Robin Hood in the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! Credit: Photo by Jim Cox/©The Old Globe
(L-R) Manoel Felciano as Sir Guy of Gisbourne & Daniel Reece as Robin Hood in the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood! Credit: Photo by Jim Cox/©The Old Globe

The Good Fight

Kevin Mitchell

Fight Director Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum Talks About the Art of Fighting
Full-time fight director/choreographer Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum was born itching for a fight despite growing up the son of “pacifist, Bay-area hippies.” “At four, I told them I wanted to sword fight, and they said, ‘You may certainly not do that!’” he laughs. A few years later they enrolled him in a theater combat class, but the youth was unimpressed because… well, it was fake. He would eventually take a fencing class and one day, while walking across the University of California’s Berkley campus, he spotted an “anyone is welcome” flyer for the fencing team. He got himself on that team… even though he was only a 14-year-old high school student. He fenced with great success on the college team and after graduating from high school, he continued with Yale’s fencing team, he was a D1 varsity fencer, while pursuing a theater degree there.

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