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Mike Mahaffey

Guest Artist, Fight Choreographer

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


Mike Mahaffey was born and raised in Richland, Washington, about four and a half hours south and east of Seattle. Mike has always been interested in stage and screen combat, having choreographed his first production while still in High School.

Mike enrolled at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he continued to create fights for university productions as well as helping to teach the stage combat portion of his own movement program.

Mike continued his training in graduate school by earning his Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and continued to work as a fight director for regional theatres all around the southeast.

Mike then moved back to the Pacific Northwest, choosing Seattle as his next destination where he made a name for himself as the fight director for the critically acclaimed Money & Run series.

Mike continues his acting and fight career today in Los Angeles where he has already established himself as a highly creative and qualified fight director and teacher of stage combat. He is recognized as a certified teacher by The Society of American Fight Directors, and is also a member of the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, Revenge Arts and the Los Angeles Fight Academy.

He currently studies at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and enjoys success as a fight director, teacher, actor and motion capture performer.

His credits include Chronicles of Narnia, Resident Evil: Degeneration, The Gold Retrievers, The Last Stand of the 300, Dead Air, and The Three Musketeers.

Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.