Dawn “Sam” Alden

Dawn “Sam” Alden (Founder)
Dawn “Sam” Alden began her love affair with violence in Pittsburgh, where she was one of the founding members of GREX, a combat/commedia/physical theatre company, with whom she fought and choreographed for four years. In Chicagoland, she choreographed all manner of violence for Piven Theatre, Terrapin Theatre, Yugen Theatre, Shattered Globe, National Pasttime, Chicago Dramatists’ Workshop, The Aardvark, Circle Theatre, Chase Park and Shakespeare’s Herd. She both fought and choreographed for Footsteps Theatre Company, where she was Resident Fight Choreographer for 5 years, the first female Resident Fight Choreographer in the Midwest. She has haunted Chicago stages since 1992 and, along with many non-fighting roles, she has been seen swinging swords and sticks in XenaLive! episodes 1 and 2, and parodying Eowyn in Frodo-A-Go-Go: The Rings Recycled. She founded Babes With Blades in 1997 in response to the lack of performance opportunities for women in stage combat and served as its Artistic Director for many years.  Sam is a member of the International Order of the Sword and Pen, The Women’s Theatre Alliance, the Independent Fight Director’s Guild and contributes articles to various magazines of articles on the neglected martial history of women.  Sam is now living in L.A., pursuing her dream of a recurring role on a SyFy channel series.

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