Janet Lawson is the President of the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, a BASSC Certified Teacher and a fight arranger.
Fight arranging work includes: Fight Club, The Immersive Experience, an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the film for the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival, Cabaret for Edinburgh College, The Red Lion for Rapture Theatre, 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, Hamlet for Folksy Theatre, Stain for Tartan Spartan, Rigoletto and Jenufa for Scottish Opera, Ipheginie in Tauris for Byre Opera, Oklahoma! for Duns and District Operatic Society, Blondel for Shanghai American School, the short film Haevnorhele and the music video for the song Wake Up by Glasgow band 100 Fables.
She was a member of the stunt team for Season 6 of the TV series Vikings due to air in 2019 and plays Mrs Hinzmann in the Scottish Christmas Zombie Musical Anna and the Apocalypse, released in cinemas in November 2018.
She is the stage combat teacher at Acting Coach Scotland acting studio in Glasgow.
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 was an Instructor at The Paddy Crean International Workshop 2018 in Banff, Canada over New Year 2018/19.
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. She was the BASSC Teacher Training Co-ordinator 2017-18 and served as Secretary and Vice-President on the BASSC Executive Committee before becoming its first woman President in 2018.