Cliff Williams III

Actor • Fight Choreographer
EMC • SAFD Advanced Actor Combatant

Fight Choreography

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
Disgraced Fight Director Timothy Douglas
The Shoplifters Fight/Intimacy Director Morris Panych
Gem of the Ocean Fight/Intimacy Director Paulette Randall
Long Day's Journey into Night Fight Choreographer Robin Phillips
A Delicate Balance Fight Choreographer Pam McKinnon
Portman Porter Blues Fight Choreographer Lisa Peterson
You, Nero Fight Choreographer Molly Smith
Nina Simone: Four Women Fight Choreographer Timothy Douglas
Death of a Salesman Fight Captain Tim Bond
A View from the Bridge Fight Captain Daniel Aukin
Long Wharf Theatre
Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Fight Director Brendon Fox
As You Like It Fight Director Wendy C Goldberg
Round House Theatre
How I Learned to Drive Intimacy Choreographer Amber McGinnis
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Gem of the Ocean Fight Director Ron OJ Parson
The Scene* Fight/Intimacy Director Rebecca Taichman
Dracula Fight Director William McNulty
Act a Lady* Fight Choreographer Anne Kauffman
Six Years* Fight Director Hal Brooks
Neon Mirage* Fight Director Wendy McClellan
Practicing Fight Director Emily Ruddock
The Match Fight Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Night Parachute Batallion Fight Choreographer Jessica Burgess
* Premiered at the 2006 Humana Festival
Placido Domingo's Washington National Opera
Porgy and Bess Fight Director Francesca Zambello
Ballo in Maschera Fight Director James Robinson
Lucia di Lammermoor Fight Director David Alden
Anne Bolena Fight Director Stephen Lawless
Tosca Fight Director David Kneuss
Salome Fight Choreographer Francesca Zambello
Studio Theatre
Chimerica Fight Choreographer David Muse
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Familiar Intimacy Choreographer Adam Immerwahr
Dead Man's Cell Phone * Fight Director Rebecca Taichman
The Folger Theatre
Davenant's Macbeth Fight Director Robert Richmond
The Welders
Girl in the Red Corner** Fight Director Amber McGinnis
Theatre J
Yentl Fight Director Shirley Serotsky
Sons of the Prophet Fight Director Gregg Henry
The Argument Fight/Intimacy Director Shirley Serotsky
Forum Theatre
Angels in America * Fight Choreographer Michael Dove
Mad Forrest Fight Director/Asst. Director Michael Dove
Scorched Fight Director Michael Dove
Marat/Sade Fight Director Michael Dove
Holly Down in Heaven Fight Choreographer Michael Dove
Antigone Fight Choreographer Michael Dove
Language Archive Fight Choreographer/Asst. Director Jessica Burgess
Round House Theatre
Cherry Smoke Fight Director Jessica Burgess
Constellation Theatre
Metamorphoses Fight Director Allison Stockman
Oresteia Fight Director Allison Stockman
Blood Wedding Fight/Intimacy Director Shirley Serotsky
Temptation Fight Choreographer Allison Stockman
Theatre Alliance
The Raid Fight Choreographer Colin Hovde
Inkwell Theatre
OK Fight/Intimacy Director Jessica Burgess
* - Helen Hayes Nominee for Best Play
** - Helen Hayes Outstanding Choreography Award
Crook Theater Company
Goodbody Fight Director Melissa Firlit
Loaded * Fight/Intimacy Director Wendy McClellan
Cape Fear Regional Theatre
A View from the Bridge Fight Director/Asst. Director Michael Dove
Theatre West Virginia
Hatfields and McCoys Fight Director John Benjamin
Honey in the Rock Fight Choreographer Marina Dolinger
Beauty and the Beast Fight Captain & Pyro Designer Rich Jagunic
Theatre Tuscaloosa
To Kill a Mockingbird Fight Choreographer Paul Looney
Arsenic and Old Lace Fight Choreographer Tina Fitch
* - Hilton Edwards Nominee for Physicality Direction
Society of American Fight Directors
Recognized Unarmed, Single Sword, Broadsword, Sword and Shield, and Rapier and Dagger
Robb Hunter and Michael Chin - 07/06
* Assisted Class with Robb Hunter
Recognized Quarterstaff
KC Stage and K. Jenny Jones - 01/08
* Assisted Class with KC Stage
Recognized Small Sword and Knife
Leraldo Anzaldua, H. Russ Brown and Michael Chin - 03/11
Unconventional Weapons
Fights for Film Tomahawk and Knife
Whip Double Sticks
Gun Safety with Shotguns, Pistols, Rifles, Black Powder Weapons