Janet Lawson is the President of the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, a BASSC Certified Teacher and a fight arranger. She is the stage combat teacher at Acting Coach Scotland.
She is currently arranging fights and action for The Show Must Go Online – all of Shakespeare’s plays performed in chronological order on Zoom and streamed live on YouTube, and has worked on Othello, King Lear, Macbeth and Coriolanus. Other 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, Kes for Horsecross Arts at Perth Theatre, Macbeth for Duns Players, 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 films Haevnorhele and The Stomach 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 and played Mrs Hinzmann in the Scottish Christmas zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse.
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 teaches regularly at the BASSC’s British National Stage Combat Workshop. 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.
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 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.