Adam Konowe began learning stage combat more than two decades ago when he served as an assistant director and minor actor in a Reston, Virginia production of “that Scottish play which goes unnamed.” He emerged unharmed, but hooked on stage combat. As a founding member of the Noble Blades, Adam has studied numerous weapon styles under a variety of fight masters, fight directors and certified teachers from the Society of American Fight Directors. Beginning in 1995 and continuing through the mid-2000s, he passed a series of SAFD skills proficiency tests and renewals, topping out at five disciplines (unarmed combat, broadsword, rapier and dagger, small sword and quarterstaff). Along the way, Adam has choreographed the fights for more than 20 professional, community and educational-level productions, as well as conducted stage combat workshops throughout the Washington, D.C. area and as far afield as England and New Zealand. Beyond stage combat, Adam is also an award-winning director and lighting designer. He holds multiple “real world” jobs to subsidize his addiction to theatre.
Ian Claar has been actively involved in the performing arts community for the past 15 years throughout Virginia’s educational, community, regional theatres. He has studied the art of stage combat since 2013, and continues to train, choreograph and educate. Ian is also a managing member of the Noble Blades stage combat troupe, based in Reston, Virginia. Fight directions include Reston Community Players’ Peter and the Starcatcher, Wakefield Players’ The Three Musketeers, Little Theatre of Alexandria’s Key for Two, and Dodgeball Theatre’s J-Swizzle and D-Man’s Epic Awesome Swaggy Broventure for Sweet Rhymes at Capital Fringe Festival.
Karen Schlumpf is a recognized Actor/Combatant, proficient in eight weapon styles by the Society of American Fight Directors. Her acting experience has included Isobel Bridie in An Experiment with an Air Pump (RCP), Maria Rainer in The Sound of Music (SP), Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona (RCP), Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (SP), and Det. Sgt. Troughton in Run for Your Wife (RCP). Karen on occasion also sits in the director’s chair. She has directed several productions including Laughing Stock (RCP), Forever Plaid (RCP), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (SP) and Murder in the News (SP).
Robb Hunter is a fight master and theatrical firearms instructor for the Society of American Fight Directors, as well as a long-time member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Robb is also honored to serve on the Governing Body as fight director representative. Professionally, he is an award-winning movement and fight director and has choreographed violence/movement for many D.C. theatres including The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Washington National Opera, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Rep Stage, and Washington Shakespeare Company, among others. Robb holds an MFA in theatre pedagogy from the Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently the combat instructor for the Shakespeare Theatre’s one-year intensive MFA program, the Academy for Classical Acting. He is also an artist in residence at American University where he choreographs, directs and has taught movement, mime, stage combat, acting and various sections of theatre history. In addition, he teaches stage combat for McDaniel College, the MFA program at Catholic University and he is a teaching artist for The Shakespeare Theatre and for the Acting Conservatory at The Studio Theatre. When he is not teaching or directing violence he is “enabling” it through his theatrical weapons rental company, Preferred Arms, Inc., which supplies swords, knives and assault rifles to theatres and universities nationwide (www.preferredarms.com). Before becoming a professional fight director, Robb was an actor in New York and was fortunate enough to have spent an amazing three years working with Michael J. Fox as his stand-in and stunt double and a season annoying Whoopi Goldberg with his horrible Persian accent.
Kaitlyn De Litta
Kaitlyn De Litta is excited to explore her passion for stage combat and weaponry with the Noble Blades, while bringing her experience as a props artisan and stage manager to the troupe. Born near Orlando, Florida but raised as a Loudoun County local, Kaitlyn began her theatrical career in middle school with a wonderful production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She went on to enjoy working with the theatre department at Woodgrove High School, but it wasn’t until working on The 39 Steps with Run Rabbit Run Theatre in 2013 that she realized theatre was her passion. It was then that she decided to pursue live entertainment as a career, and graduated in 2018 with a BFA in theatre design and production with an emphasis in stage management from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. After graduation, Kaitlyn began working as the props runner at Signature Theatre and has since accepted the position full time. Select production credits from Signature Theatre include: Passion, Billy Elliot, Grand Hotel, Blackbeard, Assassins and A Chorus Line. Between shows at Signature, Kaitlyn has also had the opportunity to join stage management teams in the D.C. area, with production credits at Studio Theatre: Doubt: A Parable; Synetic Theatre: Phantom of the Opera; Capital Fringe Festival: Venue manager (2018). Her debut with Reston Community Players came when she served as the weapons master on The Game’s Afoot in February 2020. Most recently, Kaitlyn served as the first assistant director on a film in Winchester, Va., titled A Cupid for Christmas and directed by Blayne Weaver, where she received her first ever IMDB credit. While her stage fright and fear of public speaking does not lend itself to any future acting roles for the Noble Blades or RCP, Kaitlyn hopes that her position on the board of directors lends unique perspective and experience to a noble and exciting mission.