Janet Lawson is the stage combat teacher at Acting Coach Scotland acting studio in Glasgow.
She is President of the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, a BASSC Certified Teacher and was its 2017/18 Teacher Training Co-ordinator.
She provides professional level stage combat training, including industry recognised courses leading to certification by the BASSC, and runs workshops at drama schools, colleges, schools, youth and community groups throughout Scotland. She has also taught in China, the USA, Germany and Tenerife. In August 2016, she was on the teaching faculty of the World Stage Combat Conference held in Toronto, Canada and was made an honorary Fight Director with Fight Directors Canada. She is scheduled to be an Instructor at The Paddy Crean International Workshop 2018 in Banff, Canada over New Year.
She grew up in Glasgow and studied English and Drama at Glasgow University before moving to London. She was the stage combat teacher at Stratford Circus, East London and taught at drama schools, colleges and schools in London and SE England including The City Literary Institute and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has taught regularly at the British National Stage Combat Workshop and the BASSC “Lion” and “Empire” workshops in London.
Fight arranging work includes: The Yellow on the Broom and Passing Places for Dundee Rep, How to Act for the National Theatre of Scotland, Spring Awakening and The Wonderful World of Dissocia for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the short film Haevnorhele, the music video for the song Wake Up by Glasgow band 100 Fables, Hamlet for Folksy Theatre, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On for Edinburgh Acting School, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for East Ayrshire Youth Theatre, Oklahoma! for Duns and District Operatic Society, Stain for Tartan Spartan, Jenufa for Scottish Opera and Ipheginie in Tauris for Byre Opera.
She was a member of the stunt team for Season 6 of the TV series Vikings and plays Mrs Hinzmann in the Scottish Christmas Zombie Musical Anna and the Apocalypse, due for release in November 2018.