Alex Cordaro

Adjunct Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

About Me

J. Alex Cordaro- Stage Combat Teacher and Fight Director

Alex has directed fights for The McCarter Theatre Center, The Actors Theater of Louisville, The Wilma Theatre, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Lantern Theater Company, Theater Exile, Inis Nua Theater Company, The Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Amaryllis Theater Company, Philadelphia Opera Company, Forensic Files on TRU TV, and others. Alex’s choreography has been sailing all across Europe and the Caribbean for the past five years in Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s production of Saturday Night Fever! He has directed numerous fights for Philadelphia area dance companies and colleges.

As a teacher, Alex has worked with the North Carolina School of the Arts, University of the Arts, Temple University, Arcadia University, Rowan University and The University of Delaware. Alex is also a core instructor for the annual Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop, affectionately referred to as, "The Cheesesteak."

Alex is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructors with the Society of American Fight Directors, a two time Barrymore Award Nominee, and was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Project Discovery” series: Careers in the Arts; Fight Director. His choreography is currently on file at The Lincoln Center in New York.

Pittsburgh, PA

Home Country

Education History

University of the Arts 1997

BFA, Major in Acting

Minor in Fight Direction

Society of American Fight Directors 2010

Certified Teacher

Society of American Fight Directors 2013

Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor