Cliff Williams III

Advanced Actor Combatant with SAFD

Member since 2002

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Davenant’s Macbeth

The action spills offstage… as Macbeth’s final, electrifying duel commences amid the orchestra seats.
Peter Tabakis,


The action in this dark comedy, whether it’s the initial heart-pounding gunshot or the somewhat comical showdown, is helped by Cliff Williams’ fight direction, with each sequence inciting in the audience both gasps and giggles alike.
Jessica Taghap,

Girl in the Red Corner

What Fight Director Clifford Williams III has done brilliantly is carry these characters’ storylines vividly through their every grapple, grimace, and groan.
John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts


Simon’s fight sequences - his opponent is never shown - seem absolutely authentic; Strain and Fight Choreographer Cliff Williams III deserve considerable credit.
Tim Treanor,

The Argument

…this new production…opens not with a pronouncement, but with a man and a woman bursting into an apartment, where they proceed, very entertainingly, to rip each other’s clothes off
Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post

The Scene

a frenzied and smartly choreographed sexual coupling
Charles Whaley,

The Scene

a gymnastic sex scene that practically puts Charlie in traction is priceless
Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

League of Resident Theatres

Arena Stage
DisgracedFight DirectorTimothy Douglas
The ShopliftersFight/Intimacy DirectorMorris Panych
Gem of the OceanFight/Intimacy DirectorPaulette Randall
Long Day's Journey into NightFight ChoreographerRobin Phillips
A Delicate BalanceFight ChoreographerPam McKinnon
Portman Porter BluesFight ChoreographerLisa Peterson
You, NeroFight ChoreographerMolly Smith
Nina Simone: Four WomenFight ChoreographerTimothy Douglas
Death of a SalesmanFight CaptainTim Bond
A View from the BridgeFight CaptainDaniel Aukin
Shakespeare Theatre Company
EverybodyFight and Intimacy DirectorWill Davis
Vanity FairFight/Intimacy DirectorJessica Stone
As You Like ItFight DirectorWendy C Goldberg
Olney Theatre Center
The RoyaleFight ChoreographerPaige Hernandez
Signature Theatre
SpunkFight DirectorTimothy Douglas
Round House Theatre
How I Learned to DriveIntimacy ChoreographerAmber McGinnis
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Gem of the OceanFight DirectorRon OJ Parson
The Scene*Fight/Intimacy DirectorRebecca Taichman
DraculaFight DirectorWilliam McNulty
Act a Lady*Fight ChoreographerAnne Kauffman
Six Years*Fight DirectorHal Brooks
Neon Mirage*Fight DirectorWendy McClellan
PracticingFight DirectorEmily Ruddock
The MatchFight DirectorPirronne Yousefzadeh
Night Parachute BatallionFight ChoreographerJessica Burgess
Long Wharf Theatre
Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes MysteryFight DirectorBrendon Fox
American Conservatory Theatre
Vanity FairFight/Intimacy DirectorJessica Stone

DC Area Theatres

Placido Domingo's Washington National Opera
Porgy and BessFight DirectorFrancesca Zambello
Ballo in MascheraFight DirectorJames Robinson
Lucia di LammermoorFight DirectorDavid Alden
Anne BolenaFight DirectorStephen Lawless
ToscaFight DirectorDavid Kneuss
SalomeFight ChoreographerFrancesca Zambello
Studio Theatre
ChimericaFight ChoreographerDavid Muse
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
FamiliarIntimacy ChoreographerAdam Immerwahr
Dead Man's Cell Phone *Fight DirectorRebecca Taichman
The Folger Theatre
Davenant's MacbethFight DirectorRobert Richmond
The Welders
Girl in the Red Corner**Fight DirectorAmber McGinnis
Theatre J
YentlFight DirectorShirley Serotsky
Sons of the ProphetFight DirectorGregg Henry
The ArgumentFight/Intimacy DirectorShirley Serotsky
Forum Theatre
Angels in America *Fight ChoreographerMichael Dove
Mad ForrestFight Director/Asst. DirectorMichael Dove
ScorchedFight DirectorMichael Dove
Marat/SadeFight DirectorMichael Dove
Holly Down in HeavenFight ChoreographerMichael Dove
AntigoneFight ChoreographerMichael Dove
Language ArchiveFight Choreographer/Asst. DirectorJessica Burgess
Round House Theatre
Cherry SmokeFight DirectorJessica Burgess
Constellation Theatre
MetamorphosesFight DirectorAllison Stockman
OresteiaFight DirectorAllison Stockman
Blood WeddingFight/Intimacy DirectorShirley Serotsky
TemptationFight ChoreographerAllison Stockman
Theatre Alliance
The RaidFight ChoreographerColin Hovde
Inkwell Theatre
OKFight/Intimacy DirectorJessica Burgess
* - Helen Hayes Nominee for Best Play
** - Helen Hayes Outstanding Choreography Award

Other Professional Theatre

Crook Theater Company
GoodbodyFight DirectorMelissa Firlit
Loaded *Fight/Intimacy DirectorWendy McClellan
Cape Fear Regional Theatre
A View from the BridgeFight Director/Asst. DirectorMichael Dove
Theatre West Virginia
Hatfields and McCoysFight DirectorJohn Benjamin
Honey in the RockFight ChoreographerMarina Dolinger
Beauty and the BeastFight Captain & Pyro DesignerRich Jagunic
Theatre Tuscaloosa
To Kill a MockingbirdFight ChoreographerPaul Looney
Arsenic and Old LaceFight ChoreographerTina Fitch
* - Hilton Edwards Nominee for Physicality Direction