About Me
Aaron
Preusse
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Stage combat is a “contest of generosity”. This has been my guiding principle and foundation over the past fifteen years based on my discoveries while teaching, directing and performing in the theatre and film industry. Stage combat fuses storytelling, compassion and the illusion of violence while minimizing the risks to performers and the audience. While an actor may be asked to punch another actor or to cut his throat, it is imperative that they take care of each other, to be aware and sensitive to each other’s boundaries, and to put their partner’s welfare in front of their own. It is these principles that make stage combat a magnanimous balance of safety and believability. 
Aaron is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical
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Theatre and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He received honors of Advanced Gold with Recommendation from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat where he studied in multiple weapon styles. He is currently an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors having received Recommended Passes in Rapier and Dagger, Unarmed, Knife, Single Sword, Broadsword, Sword and Shield, Quarterstaff, and Smallsword. Aaron has also completed the Society of American Fight Directors Theatrical Firearm Safety Course. He received a Beginning Theatrical Combatant status in Broadsword from Dueling Arts International. In addition to his training in Tai Chi he is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Aaron has created fights for The Mammals Theater Company, UW Marathon County, Eat Street Players, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Concordia University of St. Paul, the University of Minnesota, Visitation School/VISTA Productions, Apple Valley High School, White Bear Lake Area High School, Central High School, Valley View Middle School, the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Main Street School of Performing Arts, Six Elements Theatre Company and the Guthrie Theater’s 50th Anniversary Community Celebration. He has also served as Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Double for the film Profile of a Killer. Aaron was also a precision stunt driver for the movie Thin Ice. Other film credits include Mallrats, Memorial Day, Totally Sadie and Art. Aaron has taught for the Guthrie Theater, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, the University of Minnesota, Concordia University, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Park Square Theatre, North Hennepin Community College, Winona State University as well as other schools and institutions. Aaron is a proud recipient of a 2008 City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, as well as a 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant, the Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshops Nobel Blade Award and the National Stage Combat Workshop Award for Outstanding Performance.
As an actor Aaron has worked with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Park Square Theatre, Thirst Theater, Illusion Theater, the Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Berkeley Repertory, the Court Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, among many others. Aaron is also co-creator of An Evening of Experimental Repertory, an exploration in how the principles of Jazz can be used in creating new works of theatre.