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Jonathan Howell

Head of Movement


Jonathan is the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s resident tutor of Stage Combat, Period Movement & Historical Dance.  Jonathan has previously worked as a dancer, actor, choreographer, fight director, director in repertory theatre, West End musicals, opera and ballet, radio, TV and film.

Jonathan’s training includes London University, Goldsmith College, The Guildford School of Dance and Drama, The Dance Centre & Pineapple Dance Centre, Covent Garden. Stage Combat with Henry Marshall (RADA), William Hobbs (CENTRAL), and John Waller (LAMDA) – with the Society of British Fight Directors and the Society of American Fight Directors.  In Japan at the “Tate Dojo So Honbu” with Hayashi Kunshiro’s combat team. ‘Beijing Opera’ at the Cardiff Arts Laboratory Theatre. Mime with Ladislav Fialka, Theatre on the Balustrade, Prague. He has studied various other martial arts disciplines, currently Tai Chi.

He has taught Stage Combat in Japan, America, Canada, and with the Nordic Society – Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Estonia. He is a ‘Master Teacher’ for The International Order of the Sword & the Pen workshops in Washington D.C. and Banff, Canada.

Jonathan is the author of Stage Fighting – a Practical Guide published by Crowood Press Ltd. 2008. IBSN: 978-1-84797-046-6. Available on

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student